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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees

By Gill Hasson, Donna Butler
12-minute read
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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace by Gill Hasson, Donna Butler

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace (2020) explains how both organizations and individuals can promote better mental health at work. The authors explore the causes and effects of poor mental health in the office and shed light on the path back to wellness.

  • Anyone struggling with mental health issues
  • Leaders seeking new insights
  • Human-resource professionals looking for a fresh perspective

Donna Butler is an integrative psychotherapist and trauma specialist who has worked for over 30 years within the UK’s National Health Service. Gill Hasson, an author, has written over 20 books on personal development, mental health, and well-being.

© Gill Hasson, Donna Butler: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace copyright 2020, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees

By Gill Hasson, Donna Butler
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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace (2020) explains how both organizations and individuals can promote better mental health at work. The authors explore the causes and effects of poor mental health in the office and shed light on the path back to wellness.

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The first step to mental well-being is knowing what it looks like.

What does well-being mean to you? Perhaps you equate it with physical health – with being free of aches and pains, with eating healthily and exercising frequently. And it’s true: wellness and physical health go hand in hand. But real well-being is as much about the mind as it is about the body. To be completely healthy, we must also achieve optimal mental health.

So how do we define good mental health?

Good mental health means feeling fairly confident and having decent self-esteem. It means being comfortable with experiencing a full range of emotions, from joy to anger to sadness, and everything in-between. It also means being comfortable with expressing these emotions. More broadly, good mental health means that you’re able to reach your full potential, without being held back by your own thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.

The key message here is: The first step to mental well-being is knowing what it looks like.

One key aspect of good mental health is your ability to maintain positive relationships with other people. When life becomes problem-filled and stressful, these relationships provide a place of comfort and support – a place that can help you deal with the demands of daily life.

Research shows that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. But despite the prevalence of mental ill-health, it often goes undetected by the person’s family, friends, coworkers, and even by the person experiencing it.

This may be because people aren’t sure what poor mental health actually looks like. Which is why it’s important to familiarize yourself with some of the typical symptoms of mental-health problems. These symptoms include feeling more distressed and upset than usual. For instance, you may find yourself crying more than usual. You might also experience abrupt mood swings for no discernible reason, or find yourself behaving aggressively or erratically.

Another indicator of poor mental health involves withdrawing from other people. Perhaps you find yourself reluctant to make plans with anyone, and you no longer enjoy socializing or doing the things that you used to love.

Other symptoms include problems sleeping, to the point where you feel constantly exhausted. You might also experience bodily aches and pains that have no rational or physical explanation.

Unfortunately, your workplace is often responsible for these symptoms of stress. In the following blinks, you’ll discover the threats to your mental health at work, and how you and your employer can minimize them.

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