Mental Health In The Workplace Blog

Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination in the Workplace

Mental Health in an Unequal World – Stigma and Discrimination in the Workplace The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year and this year the theme is Mental health in an unequal world. We felt that this presented a...

Promoting Positive Mental Health at Work

Does your organisation promote positive mental health at work? Our short Mental Health at Work quiz has been designed as a quick tool to help employees and organisations discover the answer to this question. The quiz is structured around the six areas of ‘work design’...

Too busy to take time off

Do you, or the people in your team feel too busy to take time off from work? According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of people who did any work from home rose to 37% in 2020 from 27% in 2019.  Although these numbers fluctuated through 2020/21 and...

The value of Wellness Action Plans

If you have read our previous blogs Primary Advice for Managers and Mental Health Conversations for Managers, you’ll already know the value we place on Wellness Actions Plans as a mental health management tool.  In this blog we explain why. What is a Wellness...

Better Mental Health in the Workplace for Parents

What we can do to enable better mental health in the workplace for parents There are several key changes associated with parenthood which can negatively impact mental health to include hormone fluctuations, sleep deprivation and sleep issues, adapting to altered...

Connecting with Nature on Your Lunchbreak

This week (10th – 17th May 2021) is Mental Health Awareness week, organised each year by the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s them is “Nature”.  The benefits on our mental health of connecting with nature have been well documented and so to mark the...

Parenthood and Mental Health in the Workplace

We have been having some very open discussions during our Mental Health Awareness workshops around parenthood and mental health in the workplace, and specifically, how the challenges of being a parent can impact on our ability to cope with work pressures. So, we...

How gardening can reduce anxiety

This week is National Gardening Week (27 April to 2 May 2021), and so we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Smith, content creator for Sloane and Sons Garden Benches. Ryan’s love for both gardening and writing allows him to express his hobby and interest to regular...

The mental health benefits of movement

If you read our previous blog:  The impact of movement on mental health, you’ll know that our modern, convenience-driven world has resulted in us ‘out manoeuvering’ a key aspect of mental health: Movement. If you are interested in the mental health...

Returning to the workplace post Covid-19

Returning to the workplace, post Covid-19. As many organisations work towards reopening and/or reintegrating employees back into the workplace, there is much to consider from a safety perspective, including risk assessments, infection control procedures and allowances...

Signposting Support for Compromised Mental Health

Signposting support for compromised mental health. As we shared recently, we have increasingly heard from managers over the past few months, who have noticed an increase in the number of people in their team experiencing compromised mental health. It’s not surprising...

Mental Health Conversations for Managers

Mental health conversations for managers.  The impact on our lives and work of the Covid-19 situation has been significant.  We’ve all had to adapt to a new rhythm of life, unfamiliar methods of working and different ways of keeping in touch with people and because,...

Emptying the Stress Bucket

If you’ve attended any of our training workshops, heard any of our keynotes or followed any of our social media posts, you’ll know that we often talk about anxiety in the context of a metaphorical stress bucket, and have heard the phrase ’emptying...

Why we sleep

In the last month, we have released our newest Mental Health workshop which focuses specifically on why we sleep, the impact of SLEEP on both our physical and mental wellbeing and how we can improve it to enhance our resilience and performance. When was the last...

Primary Advice for Managers

Our primary advice for managers might surprise you: Put your own oxygen mask on first! Over the last several months, we have increasingly heard from managers who have noticed an increase in the number of people in their team who are struggling. It’s not surprising...

The Covid Effect

What is the Covid effect when it come’s to our mental wellbeing? We’ve been running refresher workshops for managers around how they can best support their people during what is a uniquely challenging period.  For the most part, we are revisiting our core...

The impact of movement on mental health

The many reasons that movement is good for the body are well documented and understood, but did you know that movement also has a beneficial impact on our brain and mental health too? Like with most things, the reason lies with our human ancestors. Whilst we can’t...

Is Mental Health First Aid The Answer

As a provider of Mental Health in the workplace training, we receive a lot of enquiries for Mental health First Aid (MHFA) training, but is Mental Health First Aid the answer? This two day course is a hugely valuable and comprehensive course which equips people within...

Maintaining Wellbeing During Lockdown

As we enter a second lockdown here in the UK, many of us are more aware than before of the importance of maintaining a level of positive wellbeing (both physical and mental), if we are to get through it and come out the other side without the detrimental effect...

What does a bucket have to do with stress?

What does a bucket have to do with stress? Over recent years, the conversation around stress awareness and particularly work-related stress has become more open as many of us are becoming more aware of the detrimental effect prolonged and/or excessive stress can have...

Covid Lockdown Working From Home Survey Results

Covid Lockdown Working From Home Survey Results  Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental wellbeing of employees forced to work from home during lockdown. In March 2020, in response to the governments lockdown decision, we all had to adapt quickly...

An Interview with an LV Employee

Examples of Good Practice – an Interview with an LV Employee We often share that statistic that 1 in 4 people in the UK will be suffering with a mental health issue of some sort at any one time. This used to be a shock to people but it’s now become widely known...

A powerful DOSE for enhanced resilience

With the restrictions of Covid-19, many of us are missing the availability of the regular leisure and social activities that enable us to keep in positive mental health.  Equally, we have all had to adapt quickly to a new rhythm of life (new way of living, working and...

Intentional Relaxation

We are all having to adapt quickly to a new rhythm of life, new ways of working and a different way of keeping in touch with the people who matter to us. Because our brain interprets all change initially as a threat, many of us will be experiencing higher levels of...

Keeping Healthy and Strong while working at home

Having all been told to stay home, to go outside only for food, health reasons or essential work and to stay two meters away from other people, for many of us, regular leisure and social activities (the ones that enable us to maintain positive mental health), are no...

A Great Place To Work

By Director of Culture and Associates Tamsen Garrie. I recently attended the Great Place To Work For All Summit in sunny San Francisco with five of my wonderful colleagues from Nurseline Healthcare, the company for which I’ve been Director of Culture for five...

An open letter to all HR professionals out there…

An open letter to all HR professional out there…from Rebecca Allen, HR Professional and Mental Health specialist.   Dear HR Buddy I used to be you.  I used to be a hard-working HR professional, striving to give the very best support to those on my payroll....

Blue Monday – Myth or Reality?

For the last 15 years the third Monday in January has become known as “Blue Monday” and it’s said to be the most depressing day of the year. But is this actually true? The short answer is – no. According to various online sources, Blue Monday was originally...

Our Mental Health at Work Quiz – The Results Are In!

Our short Mental Health at Work quiz highlights the six areas of ‘work design’ that, according to the HSE, are the primary sources of stress at work (demands, control, support, relationships, role and change). When they are not managed well, these areas of work design...

What are the Mental Health Core Standards?

In January 2017 the Prime Minister commissioned a review by Lord Stevenson and Paul Farmer (CEO of Mind, and Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce) into workplace mental health. The purpose of this review was to investigate how employers can better support all...

Metro Bank – an example to follow

It is now widely known that one in four people in the UK will be suffering with a mental health issue of some sort at any one time. We also know that whilst not all mental health issues are caused directly by work, work has been shown to play a significant role in...

Work-related Stress and What Causes It

If you’ve read our previous blogs, you’ll know that the vast majority of mental health issues and conditions are caused by stress. In the workplace, the primary ways in which stress and mental ill-health manifest are anxiety and depression, which although...

A STRONG body image from the inside out

Today, on day five of Mental Health Awareness week, 2019, we are privileged to have Sarah Matyjasik, health and fitness experts and owner of SM Power, share her wisdom with us.  In this blog post Sarah looks at the four key areas of body, brain, nutrition and nurture...

From Breakdown to Breakthrough – Survival techniques

Earlier this week we heard from Rebecca Allen, one of our Mental Health in the Workplace trainers, who now leads a semi-retired life in Norfolk, despite only being in her early 40’s. We read about her mental breakdown after her work-related stress got on top of her,...

Every Storm Runs Out of Rain

Today, on day three of Mental Health Awareness week 2019, we are delighted to have Nick Elston, inspirational speaker on the topic of anxiety, share his wisdom with us. Nick is a true example of how people with a history of mental health challenges can both recover...

From breakdown to breakthrough…an HR Director’s story

Today, on day two of Mental Health Awareness week, 2019, we are privileged to have our colleague and friend, Rebecca Allen, who is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Mental Health Educator, share her personal story and insights with us. In the first of two blogs,...

Body Image and Mindful Eating in the Workplace

Today, on day one of Mental Health Awareness week, 2019, we are privileged to have Lisa Beasley, owner of My Body Positive, Global Ambassador for ‘Body Image Movement’ and Mindful Eating expert, share her wisdom with us. When we think of Mental Health in...

Foods to induce Happy Hormones and help to combat stress

It is often said that ‘we are what we eat’. It makes sense that the food we put into our body can influence how are body (including our brain!) works. Eating a variety of nutritious foods has a positive effect on both mental and physical health, making us...

Why prioritise mental wellbeing in your workplace?

In the past few years, the business conversation around mental health has increased. This has been influenced in part by:    The worrying statistics around mental health in the workplace and the impact on society, businesses and government The increasing evidence that...

What causes work-related stress?

In the past few years, businesses attention on mental health has increased significantly. This has been influenced, in part, by the worrying statistics around mental health in the workplace and the increasing evidence that happy and healthy people are more engaged and...

Why manage mental health in the workplace?

The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the world’s most common illness by 2030 and suggests that the global burden of the condition will be greater than for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Fortunately, as a society, we are now recognising...

Is work making you stressed?

Last year in the UK 11.7 million working days were lost to stress-related issues with a huge impact on businesses in terms of revenue, efficiency and staff retention. That means that 45 of all working days lost due to ill health were down to stress. Time off might be...

10 Tips For A Happy Team

In November 2017, Inspired to Change were voted the UKs Happiest Team at the Laughology Awards. But how do they create this happy environment? Tamsen Garrie, Director of Culture at Inspired To Change shares her top tips. To increase individual and collective...

Walking Our Talk!

Here at Inspired to Change we’re super happy Let us tell you why…  we’ve won a National Happiness Award! But, that’s not all.  We have won the award for being the Happiest Team in the UK and there are two reasons why that’s super special. Firstly, we...

ITC’s Top Tips For Reducing Work Stress!

Work can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean we have to be stressed.  The guys at Inspired to Change have pulled together their Top Tips to help you reduce work-related stress and start taking back some control. Visit their blog here: Top Tips for Reducing Work Stress...

Threat Stress versus Challenge Stress

Last year in the UK 11.7 million working days were lost to businesses due to stress and the impact was huge in terms of lost revenue, inefficiency, low productivity and low employee retention. The physical impacts of stress can be tracked easilt enough through those...

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