To improve mental health in the workplace it is necessary to understand the difference between mental health and mental illness? The term mental health is commonly confused with the expression mental illness.
By increasing awareness of mental health as something positive that we can practice and improve, to keep us emotionally fit and healthy. Mental illness is often the result of poor mental health.
We can compare mental health to physical health. When we look after our body; eat well and exercise we are less likely to become physically ill with things like a heart attack or diabetes. It is the same with mental health.
Our mental health can be outlined as a stress equation whereby we are impacted by external pressures such as family, financial, workplace demands multiplied by our personal health and general happiness. This is offset by the support systems we have in place such as exercise, diet, good relationships and doing things we enjoy with our bodies resilience to manage physical and emotional stress.
Evidence-based research shows that physical and mental health go hand in hand. Finding ways to look after our holistic health will have positive benefits for our physical wellbeing and mental health.
Health and safety legislation now requires that employers apply the same due diligence to the mental health of their workforce as they do towards physical health. Mental health risk assessments follow the same rules as other HSE workplace risk assessments and employers are required to provide evidence of reasonable adjustments where the risk of poor mental health is identified.
YOLO Wellbeing provide a range of on-site and on-line workplace health and wellbeing solutions that have evidence to prove they support positive physical and mental health, view our employee feedback survey.
Our number one goal at YOLO Wellbeing is to support you in managing positive mental health in the workplace to promote good self-care strategies amongst staff and prevent mental health from becoming mental illness.
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