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 work.
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
Tackling 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
What 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 advice.
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 Act.
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 ambitions.
Appendix 7 summarises the pros and cons of disclosing
information about mental health at work.
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
Time to Challenge: Time to Change
This 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
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,
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.