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8. Stress, wellbeing and providing support

Mental health and wellbeing

The pandemic is having a significant impact on people’s mental health. They are reporting very high levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

This means it’s important that you look after your workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

Follow our guidance on stress and mental health

  • Have regular keep-in-touch meeting or calls with people working at home to talk about any work issues
  • Talk openly with workers about the possibility of them becoming stressed or mentally unwell. Our talking toolkit on preventing work-related stress will help you have conversations about how to raise concerns or who to go to so they can talk things through
  • Involve workers in completing stress risk assessments so they can help identify potential problems and identify solutions
  • Keep workers updated on what is happening so they feel involved and reassured
  • Discuss the issue of fatigue with employees and make sure they take regular breaks and are encouraged to take leave – set working hours to ensure they aren’t working long hours

Further advice and support

Share information and advice with workers about mental health and wellbeing.

Consider an occupational health referral if personal stress and anxiety issues are identified.

Where you have an employee assistance programme, encourage workers to use it to talk through supportive strategies.

Questions to help you support workers’ wellbeing

  • Do you know who to talk to and where to go when you need support?
    • Think about where you would go for help if you were experiencing an issue and whether you would feel comfortable doing so
  • What else can we do to prevent stress and improve mental health in our workplace?
    • What can you do?
    • What can your manager do?
    • What can the company or organisation do?

Find out more

The following information will help you answer these questions.

There is HSE advice on stress and mental health.

Public Health England have COVID-19 guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

This page is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect any changes in the guidance.

Page last reviewed: 31 March 2021

Next review due: 30 April 2021

Updated 2021-03-31