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Action 5: Take practical steps to help your organisation

There are a range of different tools available to start building your workplace mental health policies. The resources below provide a solid starting ground in addressing the needs of you and your colleagues.

To find out where to go if a colleage needs help with their mental health, skip to action 6.

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Educational materials

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
Guide written for employers and front line managers to help understand mental health and the impact on the employees and the effectiveness of the organisation. The second half of this guide offers practical advice on how to manage mental health at work.

BBC - Health and Wellbeing: Mental Health
The BBC has several courses and other resources as outlined on the following pages to support their managers and staff in recognising and managing the causes and effects of mental health. Their website contains a list of interesting Mental Health key topics.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The employers section of the Healthy Mind @ Work programme describes the need for a psychologically safe workplace, identifies possible risk factors for mental health issues at work, and offers tools to deal with these issues. The website is also available in French.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - Mental Health in the Workplace
Introductory guidance covering the importance of mental health, the legal position of employers and how they can support employees' mental health. This factsheet includes the CIPD viewpoint.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) -  Stress in the Workplace
Introductory guidance covering what work-related stress is and the legal position. Describes how to deal with stress in the workplace and support employees. This factsheet includes the CIPD viewpoint.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
Mental health promotion campaign guide written for employers and managers offering practical advice on managing and supporting people who are experiencing stress, distress and mental health problems.

Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces
Provide educational information, research, tools, learnings and training courses. Also host an annual ‘Awards Ceremony’ for businesses to recognise good practice in relation to healthy workplaces. 

Harvard Medical School
A quick guide to the most common mental health problems in the workplace, and how they affect both employees and employers. Note that the symptoms may be different at work than in other situations, and that the biggest impact is in lost productivity, not absenteeism.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Discover what other organisations are doing to support employees and create a positive working environment through practical case studies and hear from business leaders from across Australia and the heads of Australia's Chambers of Commerce.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Guidelines for those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting mental wellbeing at work. It focuses on interventions to promote mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) - Mental Health at Work
Online encyclopedia about mental health in the workplace discussing the impact and costs of mental health problems, the link between work and mental health, addressing mental health in the workplace, and policy initiatives and supporting practices to promote mental health.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) - Understanding and Preventing Worker Burnout 
Online encyclopedia about the understanding and prevention of worker burnout. The definition, assessment and prevalence of burnout are addressed, as well as costs, risk factors, consequences and methods how to manage and prevent burnout.

ProMenPol
Informative website of the ProMenPol project (1st January 2007 - 31st of December 2009) which aims to support of practices and policies of mental health promotion in three settings: schools, workplaces and older people’s residences.

RobertsonCooper  - Good Day At Work
Online community which brings together news and resources helping people to have a ‘good day at work’. Over 40,000 members including HR practitioners from a range of organisations with a chance to share best practice.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) - Improving the Lives of People with Mental Illness
Information and links to resources for employers who are looking to support their employees or colleagues at work so that they remain productive and healthy. Also, information is provided about support for people preparing to return to work following a period of mental ill health.

The British Psychological Society - Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) promotes the professional interests of occupational psychologists. They support members by providing training and advice, by holding regular events, and by keeping members up to date with the latest divisional news.

The British Psychological Society - Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)
White Paper intended to provide a succinct and up-to-date perspective on the role of psychological wellbeing at work, including an indication of the costs/benefits of psychological well-being and guidance on how to improve psychological wellbeing at work.

UK’s Faculty of Public Health  (FPH)
Pointers to evidence-based interventions to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental illness in five areas (Starting well, Developing well, Living well, Working well, and Ageing well).

Workplace Strategies For Mental Health – On the Agenda
A series of videos, presentation slides and supporting materials that can assist trainers, team leaders, managers or others to facilitate discussions aimed at developing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. The website is also available in French.

World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) – Depression in the workplace
WFMH report about depression in the workplace. The mission of this international organisation includes prevention of mental and emotional disorders, proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.

World Health Organisation (WHO) - Promoting Mental Health
Report for people working in health and non-health sectors showing that mental illnesses are common and universal. The social and economic costs of poor mental health are high and the evidence suggests that they will continue to grow without community and government action.

World Psychiatric Association – Occupational Psychiatry
WPA being an association of national psychiatric societies aiming to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. The WPA consists of 70 sections, including one Occupational Psychiatry section.

 

Local training programmes

Centre for Mental Health - UK
A proven, work-based programme that helps organisations more effectively manage mental health in the workplace and avoid the costs associated with prolonged absences, presentism, reduced productivity and replacing / retraining staff.

Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) - UK
Educational course which teaches how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as learning physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Mental Health Foundation - UK
Provide online Mindfullness training as well as educational material about mental health hygiene, promotion and self-management.

MIND - UK
Consultancy, training and coaching to promote mental wellbeing in organisations and at home, helping to reduce absenteeism in the workplace and encouraging a positive, healthy and productive workplace culture.

Diagnostics tools

<strongEuropean Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) – Mental Health Promotion Check
Do the Mental Health Promotion check and discover whether your company or organisation can improve mental health promotion at work. Feedback, given over e-mail, contains practical advice to stimulate and increase mental health promotion in your organisation.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) – Company Health Check
The Company Health Check (CHC) is an instrument to promote health at the workplace (topics: physical activity, healthy nutrition, mental health, and smoking prevention). Feedback, given over e-mail, contains recommendations how to set up workplace health promotion.

Mental Health Foundation
Briefing providing a basic 'need to know' introduction to measuring wellbeing. It looks at various definitions of wellbeing, summarises previous work on measuring wellbeing across the UK, and sets out the potential benefits of creating authoritative wellbeing indicators.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) - UK
The Measuring National Wellbeing programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the wellbeing of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing with analysis by country, region and local areas and individual characteristics and circumstances.

Occupational Psychiatry
The Occupational Psychiatrist provides expertise about assessment and management of psychiatric illness and the interaction between an employee’s psychiatric symptoms and the work environment.

Robertson Cooper – ASSET State Based Measure
Based on the proprietary ASSET model, a tool to measure employee perceptions of current workplace pressures, and the impact this has on their health, psychological wellbeing and engagement. Allows the identification of hotspot areas within an organisation, along with a deep dive inside results to look at the key drivers behind levels of wellbeing.

Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS)
The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing scale developed to enable the monitoring of mental wellbeing in the general population and the evaluation of projects, programmes and policies which aim to improve mental wellbeing.

Workplace Strategies For Mental Health - Guarding Minds @ Work
Free, comprehensive set of resources allowing employers to effectively assess and address the psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organisational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. The website is also available in French.

Mental health & wellbeing interventions

Business in the Community – Emotional Resilience
A practical guide in promoting the resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme. It includes research, case studies and suggested actions which employers can take to facilitate emotional resilience in the workplace.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The employers section of the Healthy Mind @ Work programme describes the need for a psychologically safe workplace, identifies possible risk factors for mental health issues at work, and offers tools to deal with these issues (Website also available in French)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Research report reviewing evidence available about what affects the success of developing managers who support employee engagement, health and wellbeing, including a set of checklists aiming to aid organisations in implementing programmes successfully.

MIND
Webinars for HR professionals and manager offering advice on how to shape an organisational culture that’s positive about mental health and how to manage mental health in the workplace, aiming to equip managers with tools for promoting mental wellbeing even in tough times.

ProMenPol - Toolkit
Toolkit consisting of four inter-related manuals on how to implement mental health promotion, such as a Generic Manual on Implementing Mental Health Promotion (MHP), and three manuals for Implementing MHP in Schools, Workplaces, and Older people’s Residences.

Working It Out – Videos
Five films for employers sharing real-life experiences of managing mental health problems in the workplace: 1) Recognising mental health conditions in your employees, 2) Supporting employees with mental health conditions, 3) Support during a leave of absence, 4) Support after a leave of absence, and 5) Developing a positive culture.

Workplace Strategies For Mental Health - Managing Mental Health Matters
Managing Mental Health Matters programme focused on helping managers, supervisors and other leaders learn how to effectively recognise and manage mental health related issues in the workplace. The website also available in French.

Mental health & wellbeing strategy

Business in the Community (BITC) – Work Well Model
Developed by business for business, and based on robust evidence, the BITC Workwell model demonstrates the benefits of taking a strategic, proactive approach to wellness and engagement and provides practical support to help businesses take action.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
Brochure designed to assist corporate players to gain more insight into the economic aspect of psychosocial issues in the workplace (stress, violence, harassment, burnout, etc.), discussing for example the costs of not taking action and investment costs involved in psychosocial risk prevention.

GOV.UK - No Health Without Mental Health: Implementation Framework 
A Cross-Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy for People of all ages. It highlights useful guidance and sources of information to help local organisations use their existing powers and resources to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Website offering an overview of economic aspects of mentally unhealthy workplaces, reasons why action should be taken, and a Return On Investment (ROI) tool to calculate the potential cost savings of taking action to create a mentally healthy workplace.

New Economics Foundation (NEF) – A Toolkit for Wellbeing
Toolkit providing an evidence based framework for improving wellbeing. It enables organisations to assess and improve a policy or programme to ensure it has a maximum equitable impact on people’s mental wellbeing, and to identify ways to measure those impacts.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Website containing links to the Mental Health at Work Country reports of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom, as well as other relevant documentation on Mental Health and Work.

Target the Impact of Depression in the Workplace
Business Charter based on six key principles that companies can commit to, guiding the development of policies, programmes and practices to help reduce the burden of depression on employees and employers.

UNI/ETNO - Good Work Good Health (Good Practice Guidelines)
Good practice guidelines improving the mental wellbeing of workers within the telecommunications sector by taking action at both an organisational and at an individual employee level.

Workplace Strategies For Mental Health - Psychological Health & Safety Management System
Free resources - aligned with the framework of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – that can assist in developing a Psychological Health and Safety Management System for organisations. The website is also available in French.

Manage a good mental health & wellbeing culture

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
This guide written for employers and front line managers aims to help improve workplace cultures by getting managers and employees to talk about their mental health and to give managers more confidence in dealing with mental health problems.

Business in the Community - Let's Talk Mental Health, A Workplace Guide
What can managers do when mental health issues arise in the workplace? This booklet, by Friends Life in partnership with BITC, gives ideas on how to talk about it.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Research report provides case studies exploring how ten organisations have implemented the research findings in practice. Results show that managers require certain skills and behaviours that allow them to manage their staff in ways that minimise work-related stress.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
European Toolbox consisting of instruments (such as questionnaires, guidelines and information materials), suitable for improving or promoting health at the workplace, and provides solutions for tackling health related problems at the workplace.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The employers section of the Healthy Mind @ Work programme describes the need for a psychologically safe workplace, identifies possible risk factors for mental health issues at work, and offers tools to deal with these issues (Website also available in French)

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
The free Heads Up action plan tool helps to create a tailored strategy by allocating responsibility for different actions to people across the organisation and set timeframes for implementation to help stay on track. Additional resources are available to communicate commitment.

MIND
Webinars for HR professionals and manager offering advice on how to shape an organisational culture that’s positive about mental health and how to manage mental health in the workplace, aiming to equip managers with tools for promoting mental wellbeing even in tough times.

New Economics Foundation (NEF) – A Toolkit for Wellbeing
Toolkit providing an evidence based framework for improving wellbeing. It enables organisations to assess and improve a policy or programme to ensure it has a maximum equitable impact on people’s mental wellbeing, and to identify ways to measure those impacts.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) - Improving the Lives of People With Mental Illness
Information and links to resources for employers who are looking to support their employees or colleagues at work so that they remain productive and healthy. Also, information is provided about support for people preparing to return to work following a period of mental ill health.

Target the Impact of Depression in the Workplace
Business Charter based on six key principles that companies can commit to, guiding the development of policies, programmes and practices to help reduce the burden of depression on employees and employers.

Workplace Strategies For Mental Health - Psychological Health & Safety Management System
Free resources - aligned with the framework of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – that can assist in developing a Psychological Health and Safety Management System for organisations. The website is also available in French.

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