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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

You might be aware that this week, May 16th – 22nd, is Mental Health Awareness Week, an opportunity for us to put the spotlight on an issue that, some people still don’t like talking about.

With a quarter of the population being affected by mental health issues each year, it is clear that these issues do not discriminate on the grounds of socio-economic or family history. This shocking statistic highlights the importance of looking into what can be done in the workplace to make sure that those suffering do not do so in silence and ensuring that employers are encouraged to promote mental health in the same way they would physical health.

It is obvious that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, which has direct benefits for the individuals as well as the business. The team at Unum have produced an animated video which looks at the ways in which mental health can be managed within the workplace – specifically the effects of stress on mental health.

The informative video explores possible factors which may instigate stress in today’s society – including employees’ work-life balance. Furthermore, the video highlights various signs that should be looked out for in the workplace to identify colleagues who may be suffering with mental health issues and suggests ways in which you can provide help and support to a colleague who may be under pressure. These include encouraging employees not to take work home with them once the working day is over and to keep a check on things if it becomes clear that someone is struggling with their workload.

Just as the video demonstrates, the solution to supporting those with mental health issues at work is by encouraging an open dialogue on the matter, ensuring that people are not too scared or ashamed to bring the subject into the spotlight and thus freeing the topic of any taboo.


Video courtesy of Unum


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Will Bridges is an HR Consultant at Unum, one of the UK’s leading financial protection insurers. Unum specializes in providing Income Protection through the workplace, and is committed to helping the UK’s workforce get a back-up plan. Visit them online at:

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