Mental health issues are on the increase in today’s ever more pressurised workplaces. As coach and author Sharon Brockway points out, the help people need is often lacking. Here she highlights some practical actions that HR and line managers can take to help create a more compassionate work environment in which people are more likely to thrive.

Mental health issues are on the increase in today’s ever more pressurised workplaces. As coach and author Sharon Brockway points out, the help people need is often lacking. Here she highlights some practical actions that HR and line managers can take to help create a more compassionate work environment in which people are more likely to thrive.

During the past year I have grown increasingly concerned by the number of people I have seen in my coaching practice who, in the privacy of one-to-one conversations, talk about the stress, anxiety or depression they are experiencing. A number of these people are taking part in ongoing leadership development programmes. They are therefore among the brightest and best in their organisations, and I find myself asking just what are we doing, or not doing, in our organisations, that this should be the case?

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