10 October 2018 is World Mental Health Day and a time for us all to take a moment to think about our own mental health and that of those around us. Whether at work or at home, with 1 in 4 people affected we will all know someone with a mental health condition, even if we don't realise it.
Working with the charity Mind, the CIPD has produced detailed guidance for employers and managers to familiarise and educate themselves on mental health issues. With so much misunderstanding around mental health and still much to be done to combat the causes of poor mental health, there is a growing responsibility on employers to look out for the signs in employees and to support them in their work.
So if you do nothing else today, take some time to read the guidance, look around you and have a moment for yourself.
And in the words of Frasier Crane, I wish you all good mental health.
Mental health issues have a significant impact on employee well-being and are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers are encouraged to promote good mental health and provide support for employees who are experiencing mental ill health including anxiety or depression.