This topic covers the provision of support for adult social care staff who have mental health needs.

Mental health issues are important in the workplace; it is said that one in six people in employment are having mental health problems at any one time. Employers have a key role in managing working conditions that can affect mental health, ensuring that people with mental ill health have the support they need, and taking appropriate steps to combat discrimination and stigma.

Employee wellbeing is closely related to mental health but includes a broader understanding of health and the welfare of staff. Promoting employee wellbeing is known to help prevent stress and mental health issues. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development it involves creating “positive working environments” where both “individuals and organisations” can thrive.

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed enormous pressure on adult social care services with staff, service users and their families being subjected to illness, trauma and stress. It is therefore important for managers and staff to be able to access suitable resources to support their mental health and wellbeing needs.

Related information can be found in the topics on Stress at Work and Occupational Health. Related information on the provision of care to people with mental health issues can be found in the Responding to Mental Health Needs topic.

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