The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is Workplace Wellbeing.
Many people find going to work is good for their mental health. It can help you look after your mental health by providing:
· a source of income
· a sense of identity
· contact and friendship with others
· a steady routine and structure
· opportunities to gain achievements and contribute
Whether you have a mental health problem or not, your employer has a duty of care to you under health and safety legislation. Employees have the right to:
· work where risks to their health are properly controlled
· protection after returning to work from sickness absence if they have become more vulnerable due to their illness
What if I'm not well enough to work?
If you are unable to work there are still ways of getting the benefits of having a job, such as meeting new people, gaining skills and contributing to a community. If you feel able to, you may want to think about:
volunteering. For local volunteering ideas and opportunities, see the National Council For Voluntary Organisations website (England) or Volunteering Wales website.
joining a community group. You can search for local community groups and services on this government website. Alternatively, you could check your local noticeboards and newspapers to find out what is available near you.
doing a course. The Open University has a number of distance learning courses that are free. See their website for more information.
If you’re struggling with workplace stress, it can be useful to try to:
· Recognise the signs of stress and causes
· Work out what you find stressful and helpful in the workplace
· Try different coping techniques http://www.stress.org.uk/
· Try mindfulness http://bit.ly/2kgMDPz
· Look after your physical health