This is an initiative to
tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
in England. The campaign aims to create a society where people who
experience mental health problems enjoy the same rights and
opportunities as other people. The website has links
specifically for employers. The line managers’ resource is a
practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental
health problems in the workplace.
The section on ‘Identifying
the warning signs and talking at an early stage’ contains
useful information on engaging with someone who is finding it
difficult or is reluctant to talk about their mental health.
It may also be useful to look
at the information which is aimed at employees ‘Talking
to your manager about stress and distress’ which includes
issues to think about before approaching your manager.
Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
The CIPD has worked with the
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Investors in People (IIP) on
a project to develop practical help for Human Resource and line
managers to tackle the issue of stress at work. The guidance
includes a competency framework designed to enable line managers to
work on the skills required to reduce and prevent stress at
Forum on Disability
Employers' Forum on Disability is an
employers' organisation focused on disability as it affects
business. The forum includes employers from multinational
corporations, Small and Medium sized Enterprises and the public
sector. This link is to the line managers’ guides. The
‘Attendance management and disability’ booklet includes
sections on spotting the signs and trigger points to tips on
preparing for a meeting with an employee when you raise the matter
of sickness absence.
This is the official
government website for businesses of all sizes. It is a free
business advice and support service, available online and through
local advisers. The section on
‘How to deal with stress’ includes information on Supporting
employees with mental ill health. This website also includes a
Health for Work Adviceline for small businesses.
Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH), Occupational
IOSH has produced an
Occupational Health Toolkit which provides a 'one-stop shop' for
health and safety professionals and brings together information,
guidance, factsheets, case studies, training materials,
presentations and more to help you tackle occupational health
problems. The ‘Toolkit’ includes a module on ‘Stress’ which
has a section on early intervention and corrective action.
the last workplace taboo
This website has been
developed by the Shaw Trust. This part of the website
includes a checklist with ‘dos and don’ts’ when discussing your
employee’s mental health condition.
Mental Health Foundation
works for you, 2008
It can be hard to know what
to do when someone you work with is going through a tough time or
has a mental health problem. But knowing how to support your
colleague can make a huge difference to how they cope. This booklet
outlines how you can help and suggests where to go for further
Samaritans is an established
workplace training provider with a track record of some six years
of designing and delivering bespoke, specialist communication
skills courses for frontline staff and managers. Whether you
have training needs in the areas of improving working
relationships, helping staff to handle difficult contacts or
equipping them with Samaritans listening skills to improve
relationships with service users and customers, we have training
solutions that will suit you. Some of the training modules
can be delivered by distance learning methods.
The following links are for
information and resources which are specifically about managing
personal information. Some of the information is
aimed at employees or people with mental ill-health but will give
an insight to employers into the issues faced by your employees in
discussing their mental health condition.
This links to the ICO website with
guidance and information for employers about the Data Protection
guide to the Employment Practices Code’ is aimed at small
businesses and includes a section on the Data Protection Act in
relation to the collection and use of information about workers’
ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental
Rachel Perkins, Paul
Farmer and Paul Litchfield
Department for Work and
Pensions, December 2009
This review was commissioned
by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to look at mental
health and employment and to identify how Government could help
people with mental health conditions fulfil their employment
Appendix 7 summarises the
pros and cons of disclosing information about mental health at
The section on work includes
pros and cons on disclosing personal information to an employer to
help an employee to decide what to tell, when and how.
Work and Mental Illness Factsheet
This Rethink factsheet sets
out the advantages and disadvantages for an employee telling an
employer about their mental health.
Time to Challenge: Time to Change
programme is jointly run by MIND and Rethink. The
‘Telling my manager’ section includes
advice for an employee in working with their employer. It
draws on examples from the UK and overseas.
Building a career of your choice
Waghorn, G., Harris, M.,
Cleary, C., King, J., and Lloyd, C. Canberra: Australian Government
Department of Health and Ageing, 2008.
This booklet has a short
section on ‘Managing
personal information in the workplace’. It gives examples
of some of the benefits of disclosing information about mental
ill-health and how to approach this.