This is an example of a trauma pathway, designed to help managers support staff who have experienced something traumatic at work.
Helping staff to cope with trauma
When people have a deeply distressing or disturbing experience, they may experience trauma. This might result in– a brain condition which can cause people to experience anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks to the event.
Some people, such as first responders or soldiers, might be more likely to experience trauma at work – but it can be a risk for anyone in any role. It can also happen outside of work – for example, if an employee suffers a car accident or domestic abuse.
Understanding trauma and PTSD can help leaders to support staff members who are exposed to distressing events. These resources explore what trauma is, how it affects people, and what employers can do to help their staff as much as possible.
Resources in this toolkit:
Emergency services staff and volunteers are more at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population. This website offers information on the condition that you may find useful.
People managers’ guide to mental health
For employees to stay well and in work, it's vital for them to be able to talk to managers about stress and mental health. This guide has practical advice, information and templates to support managers and employers to facilitate this.
A toolkit to support employers in their response to an employee taking their own life, at work or outside the workplace. It covers a complete timeline: from immediate discovery and dissemination of the news to post-traumatic support and grief.