Following a review, my employer wishes to improve our current practices in relation to mental health issues at work. I have been asked to provide a brief on how we can improve the promotion of mental health issues. Could you advise me on what we could do?

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Following a review, my employer wishes to improve our current practices in relation to mental health issues at work. I have been asked to provide a brief on how we can improve the promotion of mental health issues. Could you advise me on what we could do?

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The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being” in which an individual “realises their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community”.

In general, employment has a positive effect on a person’s mental health. However, various factors in or outside the workplace can cause stress or increase the risk of developing or worsening existing mental health problems.

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