Every conversation a manager has with a colleague who may be experiencing mental ill health will be different. This PDF guide from Acas has tips for managers to think about when approaching such a conversation.
Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives. Acas encourages people to work together effectively, and aims to promote good practice in the workplace as well as helping to resolve disputes.
Resources from this organisation:
The management of mental health at work
This research from Acas explores some different ways organisations are trying to ensure they are having a positive impact on their employees' wellbeing. It covers subjects such as effective line manager training and flexible working policies.
This report from Acas looks at the impact of work on anxiety, and can be used to help you identify areas in your own organisation that may be causing more pressure than they should be.
Acas has a range of training courses designed to help organisations to navigate the legal, practical and personal elements of managing mental health in the workplace. They're offered in many locations across England and Wales.
Employers, managers and individuals can work together towards a shared goal of positive wellbeing and productive workplaces. The Acas framework is an accessible, easy way to think about the part that each can play and how they fit together.
Employers can be required to make adjustments to make sure employees aren't disadvantaged by mental health problems—and, even when not a requirement, it's a good idea. This brief document from Acas lists lots of suggestions, including many free ones.
Dealing with stress in the workplace
Stress can affect anyone at any level of an organisation, so it's important for employers to take steps to tackle the work-related causes of it. This guide from Acas introduces the issue and lists practical steps you can take.
Managers deal with health issues on a regular basis—but while they're usually confident in dealing with physical health problems, they may be less so with mental health problems. This guide from Acas is filled with tips and best practice guidance.
Promoting positive mental health can be hugely beneficial: increasing staff engagement, wellbeing and productivity but also protecting against mental health problems. This article gives an introduction and includes detailed step-by-step guidance.