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Mental health policy

Reviewed 2 June 2021

A mental health policy defines the overall vision of your approach to mental health. This provides benchmarks for preventing and treating mental disorders, as well as promoting mental health in your workplace.

The policy should apply to all members of staff and should be communicated and implemented across the company.

The policy should highlight what you as a business intend to do to acknowledge and support employees who are struggling. Examples of mental health policy elements include how you'll aim to:

  • Treat mental health problems seriously.
  • Identify issues and work with the employee to resolve them.
  • Support all staff faced with mental health issues.
  • Maintain a healthy environment that staff feel comfortable, safe and happy to work in.

Mental health

Policy brief & purpose

Our Mental Health policy outlines our provisions to prevent and address mental health issues among our employees.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental illness may be detrimental to a person, as it impact happiness, productivity and collaboration. Mental health issues may affect companies, in the form of:

  • Turnover
  • Absenteeism
  • Poor employee performance
  • Employee substance abuse
  • Work-related accidents
  • Workplace violence or harassment

With this policy, we aim to support our employees and create a healthy and happy workplace. We want everyone to feel appreciated and be treated fairly.

Scope

This policy applies to all our employees. [HR/ Mental Wellness Committee] is primarily responsible for communicating this policy and overseeing its implementation.

Our policy starts by seeking input from all stakeholders. We will consult employees, senior management and mental health professionals to develop and revise our policy.

Policy elements

What are mental health issues?

Mental health issues in the workplace are any conditions that affect employees' state of mind. These conditions may include mild depression, stress and severe anxiety which may result in burnout and nervous breakdowns. Substance abuse may also perpetuate mental health issues.

Mental health problems manifest in different ways. Some employees may suffer with no physical side effects, while others may experience physical symptoms (e.g. increased blood pressure, lethargy, changes in eating habits.)

Factors that cause mental health issues

Employees may experience mental health issues for various reasons that an employer cannot control (e.g. hereditary, family conflicts, general health.) But, there are also work-related reasons for mental health problems, including:

  • Job insecurity
  • Excessive pressure
  • Work-life imbalance
  • Lack of appreciation
  • Hostile workplace conditions
  • Unsatisfactory job or workload
  • Unpleasant relationships with colleagues or managers

To every extent possible, our Company's leaders aim to recognize and address cases of workplace pressures that contribute to mental health issues.

Company Actions

We aim to:

  • Treat mental illness seriously.
  • Identify issues proactively and resolve them.
  • Support employees who face mental health problems.
  • Create pleasant workplaces in collaboration wit

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