Right now 1 in 6 workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. This can stop people performing at their best.
Organisations perform better when their staff are healthy, motivated and focused. Smart employers support employees who are experiencing mental health problems to cope and recover. The support people receive from employers is key in determining how well and how quickly they are able to get back to peak performance.
Standing by people when they experience a mental health problem is not only about keeping hold of a valuable staff member – it also sends a message about your organisation’s values. All employees need to see that their organisation lives its values and treats its people well. Trust and integrity are key drivers of engagement and organisations that support staff reap the benefits in terms of loyalty and commitment from all employees.
We all have mental health – it moves up and down a spectrum from good to poor and it’s affected by a range of factors both in and outside of work. Starting a conversation about it doesn’t have to be difficult – we can show you how to effectively support your staff and increase employee engagement, motivation and productivity.
Examples of referrals to Mental Health Nurse Practitioner include:
- Complex Mental Health cases
- Mental Health cases with long term history of re-occurring mental health problems
- Mental Health cases with a history of being an inpatient in Psychiatric Units
- Mental Health Cases with a history of psychotic episodes
- Cases involving addictions, substance abuse for example alcohol and drug misuse
- Cases relating to complex eating disorders for example anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other related eating disorders
- Work related Stress and Anxiety conditions
Can you be fired for Mental Health issues?
You cannot be fired having a mental illness. Mental Health is covered by the Equality Act 2010 – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance. Sickness absence for staff with underlying health conditions is managed very differently.
What is the purpose of an Occupational Health referral?
Occupational Health can make recommendations and advise your Management team on support measures to enable you to remain well and at work. Adjustments might be on a temporary or permanent basis.