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Action 6: Find out where to go if you or a colleague needs help

Getting help for a mental health problem can be a personal and emotional challenge for some people. The important thing is not to be afraid of asking for support, or of being there for others.

The online resources listed below focus on supporting you as an employee and/or a colleague.

Or you can skip straight to the final action, and find out how to get started in making your organisation more mentally healthy.

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Educational

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
Guide written for employees to help creating a mentally healthy workplace. The guide helps to improve the employees mental health, manage stress and support colleagues with mental health problems.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The worker 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 also available in French)

Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Awareness Training for employees working in a customer-facing environment. Goal is to learn skills to effectively manage clients who are experiencing mental distress by increasing your understanding of mental health (UK).

Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) - Improving the Lives of People with Mental Illness
Mental health for workers: Information and links to resources for people who are planning to
start work, make changes to help them stay productive at work, and return to work when recovering from a period of mental ill health.

Time To Change – Let’s End Mental Health Discrimination
Workplace support for employees with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. With the right support and the right job, people with mental health problems do not need to stop working.

 

General Information on Mental Health

Beyond Blue
Information website aiming to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

ITV – Mental health
Overview of mental health topics broadcast by ITV.

MIND – For better mental health
Informative website about mental health conditions, treatment options, and practical issues. The goal of MIND is to raise awareness and to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Therefore, Local MINDs runs services across England and Wales (UK).

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) - Translated resources
Translated resources (available in a wide range of languages) on mental illness, anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, bipolar mood disorder, etc. for use by health practitioners working with individuals and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information website on causes, symptoms, risks, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in order to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Some of the items are also available in Spanish.

Rethink Mental Illness
Information on diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues as well as their impact on daily life (work and education, mental health laws, etc.). The website contains a special section to provide information to caregivers, family and friends of people with mental health issues.

World Health Organisation (WHO)
Informative video “I had a black dog, his name was depression” on the signs and effects of depression created by Matthew Johnstone for ‘Mental Health Awareness Day 2012’ in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

Diagnostic tools

Anxiety Coach (iOS) - Mayo Clinic Health System
Free comprehensive self-help tool for reducing a wide variety of fears and worries. The app helps to make a list of feared activities and then guides the user through mastering them one by one. This experience helps to increase confidence and decreases fears and worries.

Beyond Blue
Quick, easy and confidential checklist that measures whether you may have been affected by depression and anxiety in the past four weeks. The checklist will not provide a diagnosis – for that you need to see a health professional.

Mind Screen
Comprehensive mental health self-assessment that can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home before reviewing it with your GP or psychologist. It assesses over 30 common and treatable mental health conditions in one go.

National Health Service (NHS) Choices – Mental Health Check
Free online tool to check mental health with regard to suicidal feelings, anxiety, stress, and low mood and depression. Based on the answers, the tool advices to seek help immediately, make a GP appointment at short notice, or see the GP for a routine appointment this week.

National Health Service (NHS) Choices – Mood Self-Assessment
A simple free online mood self-assessment questionnaire measuring anxiety and depression. Moreover, the website provides useful links to resources, such as articles and the Moodzone series of CBT audio guides, that may be helpful.

Patient - Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
Easy to use self-administered tool to monitor the severity of depression and response to treatment. It is not a screening tool, however, it can be used to make a tentative diagnosis of depression in at-risk populations – e.g. those with coronary heart disease or after stroke.

Patient - Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment (GAD 7)
Easy to use self-administered screening tool and severity measure for generalised anxiety disorder, a syndrome of ongoing anxiety and worry about many events or thoughts that the patient generally recognises as excessive and inappropriate.

Robertson Cooper – Resilience Snapshot
Based on completing the ASSET questionnaire (or questionnaires based on the model), it is possible for individuals to receive a personalised Resilience Snapshot. This report details how their current pressures and resilience compare to the General Working Population, along with tips and techniques to build resilience and tackle workplace pressures over time.

Mental health and wellbeing interventions

Action for Happiness - Doing Well from the Inside Out
Programme developed to help employees and organisations shift their perspective from focusing just on what's wrong to building on what works - helping people to use their strengths, enhance their relationships and find more meaning and engagement at work.

British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
An overview of free online Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) self -help resources and commercial CBT self-help packages proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children.

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Online resources to help you find a psychologist in the UK via online searchable lists provided by British Psychological Society. The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK responsible for development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The worker 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)

National Health Service (NHS) Choices –  Online Mental Health Services
Overview of online mental health services offering computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) for the treatment of depression, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder, that have been approved for use by the NHS.

National Health Service (NHS) Choices - Welcome to the Moodzone
Moodzone offers tips and how-to guides to improve your mental wellbeing and information about available treatments. Moodzone also offers eight audio guides with advice on how to approach common problems with mental wellbeing.

Managing a good mental health and wellbeing culture

Business in the Community - Let's Talk Mental Health, A Workplace Guide
What can colleagues do to help 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 when mental health issues arise in the workplace.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The worker 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 also available in French.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP)
Guide for employees to create a mentally healthy workplace. It emphasises the importance to overcome the stigma associated with mental health problems in the workplace. Moreover, the guide contains advise to manage stress and supporting colleagues with mental health problems.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Tips how to approach a colleague you are concerned about and start a conversation. Try to understand their situation and encourage them to seek support. Don’t worry if you don’t quite know what to say. Just by being supportive and listening, you’re helping to make a difference.

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