Mental Health And Wellbeing in the Workplace: Strategies for a Safer, Happier Team

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Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health challenges each year, with some citing work as a stressor.

Employees spend a lot of their time in the workplace, so it needs to be somewhere they feel safe and comfortable. And we don’t mean simply sticking a few health and safety posters up, keeping the tea caddy well stocked.

Looking after mental health in the workplace is about creating a culture where physical and mental health are given equal importance.

In this blog, we’ll be sharing some strategies you can implement to support your team.

The Cost Of Ignoring Mental Health

Until fairly recently, mental health has been a ‘silent’ workplace problem, one that hasn’t been given the care and attention it needs. 

It can be pretty invisible, after all, can’t it? How many times have you read that a well-known person has suffered a mental health crisis and been caught completely off guard by the information? 

Mental health has a stigma attached. And that means it’s even more critical that businesses understand their place in taking an active role. Aside from the human aspect, poor mental health in the workplace can also have a detrimental impact on your business’s success. 

Poor Productivity

Poor mental health in the workplace can influence cognitive functioning, impacting tasks that involve decision-making, memory and problem-solving. Mental health issues can also eat away at motivation and fuel disengagement.


Staff suffering from issues with mental health in the workplace can miss work due to their condition or problem. And even if they can attend, employees may not be able to perform at their best. 

High Staff Turnover

Unaddressed mental health problems in the workplace can affect an individual’s job satisfaction, lead to interpersonal conflicts that become toxic over time, stress coworkers and impair performance. All of these circumstances may end up with staff members choosing to leave the business, increasing staff turnover. 

Building A Culture of Well-Being: Key Strategies

As trainers in mental health in the workplace, we have extensive knowledge in this area. We’ve delivered courses all over the UK to all types of businesses and spend time learning how to address mental health in practical ways.

These are some of the strategies we’ve seen work well.

Open Communication

Maintaining a trusting company culture is critical to encouraging open communication. Your employees need to feel like they’ll be listened to without judgment so that they can air any worries or issues before they develop.

Not everyone has the ability or awareness needed to listen to coworkers or employees actively; it’s a skill that requires training. However, everyone, from Directors to part-timers, can remember to refrain from judgement and be present with an open ear if needed. 

Some great ways of bringing about an open conversation dynamic are to host tailored workshops or hold mental health awareness days.

Work/Life Balance

A key stress factor affecting many of us is workload. We are working too much. And with many employees also juggling family life, this can put unnecessary strain on individuals.

Flexible and hybrid working can help reduce the huge stress of school holidays. It also means a more consistent workforce because parents don’t need to take huge amounts of leave all at once to cover the six-week summer period. 

Another way to improve mental health in the workplace is by instilling strict boundaries. With modern technology making instant contact so easy, there’s an unspoken expectation that emails and messages should be responded to immediately. 

This is not healthy! 

When your people leave for the day, advise them to switch off their emails or work phones so that they can relax. And ensure your employees are keeping all work chat to apps like Teams rather than social media, this makes upholding those boundaries ten times easier. 


Mental health in the workplace can be positively influenced by reliably demonstrating employee recognition.

Knowing your efforts have been noticed and are appreciated can feel wonderful, giving staff members a stronger sense of purpose and belonging. This can go a long way to nurturing a happier workforce. 

But what does recognition look like?

It can be as simple as a certificate or as grand as receiving a gift. To thank a whole team, consider a staff reward day out!

You can incentivise a recognition programme to make it more fun, but this element can also add stress; it’s important to think about what would work for your team. Not everyone is comfortable with public recognition, either. Some people just want to know that you see them and how hard they’re working.

Healthy Habits

Promoting healthy habits is another aspect that goes towards instilling good mental health in the workplace. There’s a fine line between preaching and promoting however, so be careful!

Here are some suggestions we’ve seen work well in UK workplaces;

  • Ensure water is available. Whether it’s water cooler stations or bottles of water stocked in cupboards, making sure employees have access to water is key.
  • Provide fruit and healthy snacks. Offering free healthy foods reduces the likelihood that employees will turn to fatty, sugary foods. 
  • Create social spaces and encourage employees to eat away from their desks so that they can get the break they need.
  • ‘Get outside for 5’. Encourage staff members to move their bodies. Sitting in the same position for hours is not good for our bodies, physically or mentally. And Vitamin D is good for you!
  • Bring in the experts. Consider making things extra fun and getting a fitness class going in your lunch break. Or, if this doesn’t feel appropriate, how about linking up with local gyms or wellness centres to get discounted membership?
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Reduce Stigma

Ensuring that mental health in the workplace environment isn’t stigmatised is crucial.

Without the trust that they won’t be judged or silenced, your people are very unlikely to speak up and air their concerns or ask for help.

Mental health should not be a taboo topic. Let’s look at some surefire ways of reducing the stigma and supporting your employees…

  • Encourage open communication around the subject by displaying posters and information around your work building. 
  • Check-in on employees who are displaying clear signs of mental health struggles. Training in this will help you spot the signs.
  • Emphasise privacy. Everyone has a right to keep to themselves but make sure it’s known help is available.
  • Involve leadership. Ensuring directors and managers understand the importance of support for mental health in the workplace and work to filter the message in a top-down approach normalises it.

What You Can Do

The first step to creating a truly supportive working environment is to invest in training. There are several courses available that can provide practical approaches to making a workplace safer and happier. 

At Envesca, we offer two training courses…

Level 2 Award in Understanding Mental Health at Work

This one-day course educates participants on common mental health illnesses such as depression, stress and anxiety, eating disorders, self-harming and suicide. It is for anyone who would like to increase their understanding of mental health in the workplace.

Through the course, attendees will be able to understand the role of the mental health first aider, the legal requirements for mental health in the workplace and be able to recognise signs and symptoms of different illnesses. The skills and knowledge gained in the course will give participants the confidence and competence to listen effectively and advocate for mental health in the workplace.

Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid at Work

On successful completion of this training course, participants will become qualified Mental Health First Aiders.

Mental Health First Aiders are vital in today’s workplace. They are the first point of contact for employees. Participants who complete this course will be able to spot individuals who need mental health support and offer assistance if required, signposting to relevant professional bodies if needed.

The two-day course is for managers and anyone who sits in a managerial or supervisory role and covers topics such as:

  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Work-related stress
  • Active listening skills
  • Mental illness issues, including anxiety, bipolar, phobias and OCD
  • Coping strategies.


Our training courses can be delivered to up to 12 candidates at your premises or online via Zoom. 

We know it can be difficult to set aside time for training, so we work with you to facilitate the course you want on dates and times to suit you and your business. The dates don’t even need to be back-to-back!

Alternatively, individual participants can join a 2 -day public course with candidates from other businesses. 

Does Your Business Champion Mental Health Support?

A positive work culture can reduce mental health stress for staff. If you have people trained to spot signs of mental distress, you can create a culture of ‘people first’, ensuring your employees can be supported to tackle problems head-on before they become more debilitating.


Looking to enrol your people in a Mental Health training course? Searching for a health and safety company whose compliance software will make looking after your staff a breeze? Get in touch today. 

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