How can I look after my mental health at work?
Over half of us have felt pressured to avoid discussing our mental health needs at work.
This is despite that fact that two in three people who experience mental health problems reporting workplace stress as a contributing factor.
We know it's not always easy to talk about mental health, which can stop us from speaking up or asking for help sooner. But small changes can make a big difference.
We’re here for people, where and when they need us, and we know from experience that creating a mentally healthy workplace is good for both employees and employers. Here we share practical resources and details of SAMH services that can support you at work.
"If you’ve got a good relationship with your manager, and you can be open with them and honest with them about where you are in your journey, or what support you need… that can make a huge difference” - Beth
Practical tools to support your wellbeing
Speaking up about our mental health and wellbeing is not always easy, but it can be the first step to beginning to feel better. Here are some free resources that are designed to support you and help you discuss your mental health needs and concerns with your workplace.
Wellness Action Plans
Wellness Action Plans are a personalised, practical tool we can all use - whether we have a mental health problem or not. They help us identify what keeps us well at work, what causes us to become unwell, and how to address a mental health problem at work if we are experiencing one.
It also opens up a dialogue with our manager or supervisor, in order for them to better understand our needs and experiences and, ultimately, better support our mental health. This can lead to greater productivity, better performance and increased job satisfaction.