How Bosses Can Help Employees with Mental Health Issues

Chrysalis Not For Profit recently read an article that explained how bosses can help employees with mental health conditions.

Mental health at work

Research commissioned by mental health charity Mind shows that work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that stress and other mental health conditions cost UK employers £26 billion – £1,035 per employee – every year.

How to support employees

Bartie Scott wrote for Inc.com that there are three things employers can do to help staff members with mental health conditions at work. The first was “avoid stigmatised language,” because as entrepreneur Indigo Triplett once noted, “if someone had a heart attack or a stroke, we wouldn’t stand around the water cooler and make disparaging remarks about them.” Employees with mental health conditions want to be treated with respect.

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Bartie Scott gives advice to employers on what they can do to help staff members with mental health conditions at work

Secondly, Scott advised bosses to “focus on function.” This means that employers should tailor discussions about an employee’s mental health condition around how they’re going to do their job. The writer used the following example to illustrate the point. “If an employee feels groggy in the mornings and more productive in the afternoon, structure the workload around that schedule.”

Finally, the Inc.com writer advised bosses to offer employees with mental health conditions emotional support. Scott said: “Emotional support is extremely important for maintaining or improving mental health. Make sure the person is being included and accepted. Isolation can be a risk factor for developing or triggering symptoms.”

Become a counsellor

Chrysalis Not For Profit would also suggest that bosses should make it as easy as possible for staff with mental health conditions to access counselling services. As a talking therapy, counselling can provide employees with the support they need to overcome mental health conditions.

The UK needs more professional counsellors. You can learn how to become a counsellor by taking a range of Chrysalis courses offered by Chrysalis Not For Profit. These courses provide you with the skillset you need to establish a career in counselling.

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Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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4 Comments

  1. great information on this, i must admit i am enjoying this blog and glad we are now able to comment.

    The Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register scheme is definitely going to help these figures improve, but it will take time.

    it doesnt mention that Chrysalis has a route to an accredited register though on here? i thought that is what you need to practice?

    • I believe Chrysalis is accredited by the National Counselling Society , which provides a route onto the PSA (professional standards authority register). In relation to the previous comment.

  2. This is a very interesting article and MIND do so much good work around helping people with mental illness and raising awareness , which in turn helps reduce the stigma and normalise the common mental health problems that can affect anyone at any time of our lives .
    I believe Chrysalis is accredited by the National Counselling Society , which provides a route onto the PSA (professional standards authority register). In relation to the previous comment.

  3. Thanks for this very interesting article. With the work MIND are doing along with others to raise awareness of mental illness and try alleviate the stigma attached to the ‘title’

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