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ACAS guidance on mental health and
MINDFUL EMPLOYER has
worked in partnership with ACAS to develop guidance on mental health and work.
We were delighted when ACAS approached us to support them in
developing this work. The guide gives full credit to MINDFUL EMPLOYER and
the mark of credibility that gives the initiative (and, as they
acknowledge, vice-versa for ACAS) is tremendous.
Click on the title to download their booklet.Click on the title to download their booklet.
Public Health Responsibility Deal
Run by Dept of Health under the auspices of Dame Carol Black, the
Public Health Responsibility Deal taps into the potential for
business and other influential organisations to help create an
environment where people can lead healthier lives and so contribute
to improving public health. Organisations signing up to the
Responsibility Deal make a commitment to taking action voluntarily
to improve public health. They do so as responsible employers, and
through their commercial actions and community activities. The
Responsibility Deal complements the
Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
Click on the title to sign the Responsibility Deal.
Absence & health management
Guidance on the Fit Note
The Statement of Fitness for Work, or
'fit note', aims to focus on
what an employee may be able to do at work rather than what they
cannot do. Download
Guidance for Employers
and visit the
website for more information.
Management of Long Term Sickness Absence and Incapacity for
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
(NICE) this guidance is for all who manage long-term (or recurring short term) absence.
Absence Management Toolkit
Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), working with
launched a free online toolkit to help managers with absence management. It is
aimed principally at line managers working in small and medium sized
enterprises, but could also be of interest to those working in larger
Workplace Interventions for People with Common Mental Health
The British Occupational Health Research Foundation
(BOHRF) have published
an evidence review and recommendations. Click on the link to access
some key themes which will connect you to the main publication.
Work and Health
Produced by the National Director
for Health, Work and Well-Being, this leaflet challenges how we think
about health and work and offers ideas on what to do and what not to do
Concept of Rehabilitation for the Management
of Common Health Problems by Gordon Waddell and A Kim
The Stationery Office, 2004. ISBN 0117033944:
available from TSO Bookshops and
Practical Occupational Medicine by
Raymond Agius, Anthony Seaton et al - click on the title for more
Recognising and managing mental health issues at
work; the rationale for training and evidence of effectiveness
Written by Andrew Buckley of Kipepeo Ltd this paper
has brought together some of the background and
looked at the available evidence for effectiveness and outcomes of
training employees in the recognition and management of mental
health issues at work.
Think fit! Promoting workplace health and wellbeing
British Heart Foundation has a series of resources for employers
interested in workplace health programmes. The resources cover
physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing and include a
range of ideas, challenges and signposts and an employee
booklet. Tel 0870 600 6566 or e-mail
This workbook provides employee-focussed self-help materials on
emotional and psychological wellbeing (click on the title for a
Employer solutions for better mental health at work
2011, Mind hosted a business
summit, supported by AXA, bringing together leading employers to
explore the issues around mental health at work and to develop
peer-led solutions. Mind's summit report reveals how employers feel mental health can be more
positively promoted and managed at work, with powerful testimonies and
best-practice case studies.
From Stress to Distress: the impact of the
economic recession on mental health & work
policy discussion paper encourages UK businesses and managers to
prepare for the longer term effects of the recession and implement
policies and procedures to help cope with mental health issues in
Mental Health & Employment in the NHS
Produced by NHS Employers and aimed primarily at NHS organisations, this
useful information for any employer.
Mental Health: The Last Workplace Taboo
& Mental Health: Still the Last Workplace
These two Independent research reports
published 2006 and 2010, commissioned by the Shaw Trust into what British business thinks.
Available from the
Shaw Trust website.
Don't Mix It! - Alcohol & Work
HSE have produced a free employers' guide to alcohol and work focusing on topics including the effects on individuals, the legal position,
providing information and the implications of screening.
Guidance for Trade Union Representatives
Working with the TUC, together with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental
and MINDFUL EMPLOYER, the former Disability Rights Commission published this guidance for trade
unions on supporting members with mental health problems to resolve workplace issues, and how
to create a ‘mentally healthy workplace’.
Good practice - health, work
NICE Guidance: Promoting mental wellbeing through
productive and healthy working conditions: guidance for employers
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have produced
this guidance for those who have a direct or indirect role in, and
responsibility for, promoting mental wellbeing at work. This
includes all employers and their representatives, irrespective of
the size of the business or organisation and whether they are in
the public, private, or voluntary sectors. The guidance makes a
number of recommendations.
Employment: A Practical
The former Disability Rights Commission
Equality & Human Rights Commission) produced this
practical guide to the law and best practice and agreed to it being
available on this site. The document covers physical health issues,
learning difficulties and mental health.
Emotional Resilience Toolkit
Produced by Business in the Community, the Emotional Resilience Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting the
resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health
and wellbeing programme.
Health Work & Well-Being
Published by ACAS,
this website contains information on health and the workplace,
stress, alcohol and drug policies and other material including a
booklet to download.
Investors In People: Health & Well-being at
Work Resource Pack
A link to this useful
Leading by Example
Written by Patience Seebohm
and Bob Grove, this new book provides a very practical guide about
for NHS Trusts and the public sector in general in becoming exemplar
employers of people with mental health problems. Available price £10
plus p&p from Centre for Mental Health, 134-138 Borough
High Street, London SE1 1LB Tel: 020 7827 8300 or order online from
Open Your Mind
Employers has launched Open Your Mind - a national campaign to help NHS Trusts and organisations create a better working environment for staff and improve employment
rates for people with mild, moderate and severe mental health
conditions. Click on the link above to find out more.
The HR and Training Journal
The HR and Training Journal explores the key issues affecting HR and skills in
the public sector. The Journal features enlightening and informative articles
and interviews with leading experts from government, private and voluntary
sectors. It examines topics such as recruitment, engagement and retention,
education and training, leadership and management, equality, skills development,
efficiency and effectiveness, individual and organizational performance,
technology, change management and health and wellbeing, as they impact across
the diverse spectrum of the public sector. Click on the title to read the
What about Disability? A Need-to-Know Guide for Small
Published by the Employers Forum on Disability,
this guide provides advice on disability etiquette as well as
relevant facts and figures tailored to the needs of small businesses
and larger organisations with smaller, satellite sites. Available
from 020 7089 2410 or email
Effective Ways to Tackle Workplace Stress
from the HSE helps employees, HR staff and Board Directors discover effective,
lasting answers to workplace stress
Work-Related Stress: A Short
Stress: A Guide for Employees
Tackling Stress: The
Management Standards Approach
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have kindly agreed to us
carrying these three publications for you to download.
Managing the cause of work related stress
HSE revised guidance Managing the cause of work related stress – A
step by step approach using the Management Standards is now
available from HSE Books price £10.95. This edition updates
and replaces the existing publication A manager’s guide to improving
and maintaining employee health and wellbeing and includes a CD-ROM
containing further revised tools and guidance.
Mowbray has created 3 white papers to help prevent stress at
Management Standards for a Healthy Organisation
- implementing these standards produce a Healthy Organisation and
promote Wellbeing and Performance.
The Manager’s Code of Conduct
sets out the behaviours that managers need to exhibit to create a
working environment based on commitment, trust and engagement which
is known to prevent stress and will result in a Positive Work Culture
defined by innovation, attentiveness, energy and encouragement.
Resilience and strengthening
resilience in individuals.
Resilience is the
ability to cope with stress-provoking events without experiencing
symptoms of personal stress. Resilience training helps build personal
resilience to withstand such events without stress-related problems.
Resilience training has probably the most immediate and sustained
impact on primary prevention of stress at work.
Gateshead Council have produced some guides on managing stress - click to download the
guide for managers and the
guide for employees.
Contact Michaella Wilson, Senior HR Advisor for more information 0191 433 2887
Managing stress and mental health at work
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS
Trust in collaboration with
Northumberland Care Trust and Northumberland Work and Wellbeing Group
Guidance Notes for Employers
Implementing the Guidance for Managing Stress and Mental Health at Work
and an accompanying
These look at various action steps and offer guidance on how to implement
them. They have also produced a
Well-Being Resource Book for New Managers.
Stress - Building the Business Case
Kindly provided by and published by NHS Health Scotland, this is a
step-by-step guide to determining the impact of stress on your
organisation. Covers financial, legal and other aspects.
a Disability? - A Frequently Asked Question
This paper was written by
the former Disability Rights Commission to complement Getting the Best Out of the Employment
Experience Guidance for Trade Union Representatives (see below).
Together to Reduce Stress at Work
This leaflet has been produced by the
Management Association and is supported by HSE, ACAS, TUC and the
Support for managers
MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Managers' Resource
- 2,000 copies sold & in circulation and over 5,000 downloaded
Published in July 2011 with contributions from line managers in a range of businesses and
organisations, a Foreword by Dame Carol Black, National Director for
Health & Work and David Frost, Director General British Chamber of
Commerce and comments from Dr Steve Boorman and others. The guide provides practical
information and advice covering:
- Mental health conditions & recovery
- Mentally healthy workplaces
- The importance of talking in the
- Keeping in touch during sickness
- Planning a return to work &
- Sources of other information, help
Only £4.00 each plus p&p. Use the
Order Form to
invest in copies for your managers - there's a 20% discount (so £3.20
each) if your employer is a Charter signatory.
Reasonable Adjustments: Line Manager Guide
Published by Employers' Forum on
Disability and sponsored by Unum, this guide aims to makes it easier for managers to
make reasonable adjustments for disabled people by helping to
identify who needs an adjustment, decide if an adjustment is
reasonable and know where to go for more help and advice. Please
www.efd.org.uk/publications to order.
Line Manager Competency Indicator Tool
Line managers play a vital role in the identification and management of
stress within the organisation. They are likely to see the problems causing the
stress first hand, will be in the best position to notice changes in staff
behaviour that may indicate a stress-related problem and will often be the first
point of contact when an individual feels stressed. It is essential that line managers are equipped with the correct skills and
behaviours to be able to manage these situations. The HSE, in association with
the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Investors in People,
has designed a tool to allow managers to assess whether they currently have the
behaviours identified as effective for preventing and reducing stress at work;
its aim is to help managers reflect on their behaviour and management style.
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