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ACAS, the employment advice, conciliation and arbitration service, has published a guide to promoting mental health in the workplace
ACAS launches employer mental health guide
ACAS, the employment advice, conciliation and arbitration service, has published a guide to promoting mental health in the workplace. The guide was produced with Workways, an NHS agency that specialises in workplace mental health.
Stress is one of the leading causes of long-term sick leave, ACAS says. It cites new evidence that almost one in three workers say they have anxiety or panic attacks because of work pressures.
The report sets out how employers and line managers can spot early signs of mental ill health, raise mental health awareness in the workplace and develop a culture where staff feel able to disclose their mental health problems.
It also explains how managers can broach the subject of mental ill health with a member of staff and try to help them manage their mental health in the workplace. ‘An employer, by creating a supportive environment at work, can help people address their issues and remain productive,’ ACAS Chief Executive John Taylor said.