When we consider that the average person will spend approximately one third of their life at work, it is unsurprising that this environment has a significant influence on our mental health and wellbeing, says Joscelyne Shaw.

With the right balance of working conditions, supported by effective internal and external operating structures, providing the context for a good culture, employers can ensure their teams thrive. Having said that, psychological ill health at work – including stress, anxiety, depression and related symptoms – can significantly affect employee performance.

There has been a growing recognition that the workplace can also create barriers to seeking help. Where there is a lack of mental health literacy, recognition of mental health problems, or concerns around potential or actual discrimination, employees may avoid speaking up out of fear of being treated differently by colleagues or management, being viewed as less competent or even potential job loss.

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