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Triggers and Signs of Mental Health Issues

Common Mental Health Issue Triggers…

Physical ill health is quite easy to spot, but where a mental health issue is concerned it is more difficult to recognise the signs that something is wrong. In this article we have listed some of the most common triggers which could draw your attention to your employees mental wellbeing. If you recognise any of these signs your employee may need you to provide some mental health support.

Many people often have significant life changes happen to them and never develop a mental health issue. Some though just can’t cope and develop signs of mental health issues.

It is your duty as an employer to try and spot the signs of mental health issues and point your employee to where they can get professional help before they become overwhelmed and have to take time off to recuperate.

Personal Life Changes…

This is not a definitive list of how an employees home life can affect their mental wellbeing, but it’s a good place to start.

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Having children
  • Health scares or illness

Changes at work…

Many times an employee begins to feel mentally unwell due to changes in the workplace environment or their role.

  • Starting a new job
  • Coping with increased workload or promotion
  • Problems with colleagues or managers
  • Redundancy or fear of job loss

Look out for the physical signs…

Recognising a mental health issue is the first step in getting your employee the support they need, sometimes the signs that all is not well start with physical illnesses

  • Frequent headaches or stomach upsets
  • Frequent minor illness
  • Sleep issues
  • Feeling run down
  • Lack of concern about their appearance
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss

Emotional and behavioural signs…

Very often an employee will suffer from heightened emotions that affect their behaviour and is a good sign that a mental health issue is present.

  • Aggression, irritability or tearfulness
  • Being withdrawn
  • Argumentative
  • Excessive smoking, alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Indecisiveness, inability to concentrate
  • Erratic or unacceptable behaviour
  • Excessive exuberance
  • Loss of confidence
  • Poor memory
  • Loss of sense of humour

Signs to look for in the workplace…

A combination of these signs at work may indicate that your employee needs you to provide them with mental health support in the workplace.

  • Making more errors, missing deadlines or forgetting tasks
  • Taking on too much work, volunteering for every new project
  • Lateness for work
  • Working too many hours, working outside hours at home or while on leave
  • Being fixated about being treated fairly

Spotting the signs early can be the best way to help your staff.

Have a Workplace Mental Health Policy…

Developing a Workplace Mental Health Policy addresses these many of issues by defining a vision for improving the mental health of your workforce, and establishing an effective action plan.

What to do next…

If you are not sure how to go about developing a Workplace Mental Health Policy then our consultants at The Mental Health Initiative can help. We understand how the human mind works, and can help you to develop a policy that works for your business.

The Mental Health Initiative works with individuals, companies, organisations, groups and businesses of all sizes from all sectors. Our consultants also work in education with schools, colleges and universities, with both the staff and students. Sport is another specialist area we work in, for both improved performance and overcoming any mental barriers that may be holding sportsmen and sportswomen back.

For more information about our mental health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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Common Mental Health Issue Triggers…

Physical ill health is quite easy to spot, but where a mental health issue is concerned it is more difficult to recognise the signs that something is wrong. In this article we have listed some of the most common triggers which could draw your attention to your employees mental wellbeing. If you recognise any of these signs your employee may need you to provide some mental health support.

Many people often have significant life changes happen to them and never develop a mental health issue. Some though just can’t cope and develop signs of mental health issues.

It is your duty as an employer to try and spot the signs of mental health issues and point your employee to where they can get professional help before they become overwhelmed and have to take time off to recuperate.

Personal Life Changes…

This is not a definitive list of how an employees home life can affect their mental wellbeing, but it’s a good place to start.

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Having children
  • Health scares or illness

Changes at work…

Many times an employee begins to feel mentally unwell due to changes in the workplace environment or their role.

  • Starting a new job
  • Coping with increased workload or promotion
  • Problems with colleagues or managers
  • Redundancy or fear of job loss

Look out for the physical signs…

Recognising a mental health issue is the first step in getting your employee the support they need, sometimes the signs that all is not well start with physical illnesses

  • Frequent headaches or stomach upsets
  • Frequent minor illness
  • Sleep issues
  • Feeling run down
  • Lack of concern about their appearance
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss

Emotional and behavioural signs…

Very often an employee will suffer from heightened emotions that affect their behaviour and is a good sign that a mental health issue is present.

  • Aggression, irritability or tearfulness
  • Being withdrawn
  • Argumentative
  • Excessive smoking, alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Indecisiveness, inability to concentrate
  • Erratic or unacceptable behaviour
  • Excessive exuberance
  • Loss of confidence
  • Poor memory
  • Loss of sense of humour

Signs to look for in the workplace…

A combination of these signs at work may indicate that your employee needs you to provide them with mental health support in the workplace.

  • Making more errors, missing deadlines or forgetting tasks
  • Taking on too much work, volunteering for every new project
  • Lateness for work
  • Working too many hours, working outside hours at home or while on leave
  • Being fixated about being treated fairly

Spotting the signs early can be the best way to help your staff.

Have a Workplace Mental Health Policy…

Developing a Workplace Mental Health Policy addresses these many of issues by defining a vision for improving the mental health of your workforce, and establishing an effective action plan.

What to do next…

If you are not sure how to go about developing a Workplace Mental Health Policy then our consultants at The Mental Health Initiative can help. We understand how the human mind works, and can help you to develop a policy that works for your business.

The Mental Health Initiative works with individuals, companies, organisations, groups and businesses of all sizes from all sectors. Our consultants also work in education with schools, colleges and universities, with both the staff and students. Sport is another specialist area we work in, for both improved performance and overcoming any mental barriers that may be holding sportsmen and sportswomen back.

For more information about our mental health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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