Mental Health Best Practice
Here we outline what are considered to be the mental health best practices based on the implicit principles of mitigating harm to employees inherent within the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) refer to these as the management standards.
Organisations adopting these best practices:-
- Demonstrate good practice through a step-by-step risk assessment approach
- Allow assessment of the current situation using pre-existing data, surveys and other techniques
- Promote active discussion and working in partnership with employees and their representatives, to help decide on practical improvements that can be made
- Help simplify risk assessment for work-related stress by identifying the main risk factors
- Help employers focus on the underlying causes and their prevention
- Provide a yardstick by which organisations can gauge their performance in tackling the key causes of stress
They cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor mental health (anxiety and depression), lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates.
The Management Standards Best Practices Approach focuses On:
- Demands – this includes issues such as workload, work patterns and the work environment
- Control – how much say the person has in the way they do their work
- Support – this includes the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues
- Relationships – this includes promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour
- Role – whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles
- Change – how organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation
Read more about these six causes of work related stress here.
To effectively implement the Management Standards best practice approach it is essential that you ensure the resource, support and infrastructure for implementation is in place in your organisation.
Many businesses find that making the time and resources available for such an implementation is highly prohibitive.
Corporate Wellness Partnership Programme
Our corporate wellness partnership programme includes the implementation of mental health best practices as a part of the programme’s bi-directional approach to managing and preventing mental health in the workplace.
As well as holding a BSc and MSc in psychology our managing director also has extensive corporate experience at senior and board levels and is a NEBOSH certificated occupational health and safety technician.
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If you’d like to find out more about how Prevental Healthcare could help your business to adopt and implement the mental health best practices and benefit from less time lost to poor mental health as well as provide your employees with some really effective help, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Why Choose Prevental?
Paul is a highly experienced, academically qualified psychologist with over 30 years experience of working with people to overcome life challenges and achieve life goals.
We are an approved supplier of mental health support services to the NHS Black Country Clinical Commissioning Groups who we have been working with since late 2017.
We have been helping improve people's mental health in the West Midlands since 2009 and have more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience.
Prevental Healthcare are expert mental health professionals dedicated to helping you and your employees thrive.
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