With World Mental Health Day, and the theme being 'Mental Health in the Workplace' on Tuesday 10 October, Ofcom held two events designed to help colleagues recognise and support colleagues and themselves in looking after their mental health – helping make Ofcom a mentally healthier place to work. Oh, and there was also plenty of cake!
The World Health Organisation defines a mentally healthy workplace as one where the workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees, with interventions that:
- Protect mental health by reducing work–related risk factors.
- Promote mental health by developing the positive aspects of work and the strengths of employees.
- Address mental health problems regardless of cause.
To help celebrate all that Ofcom does in this space, and support colleagues on how to respond to mental ill health whenever they encounter it, the Disability & Wellbeing Group and Listening Network co-hosted two speaker events:
Ofcom Mental Health Fair
At this event, Jonathan Phelan, of consultancy Evenhood, will tell us about his own mental wellness journey, and set out a framework for successful mental health conversations at work. As well as running his own consultancy, Jonathan continues to works part time at a comparator consumer protection organisation, and his experience and suggestions should make very valuable and interesting listening.
We will also hear from Jim Fearnley of the Business Disability Forum. Business Disability Forum helps support organisations, including Ofcom, to become disability confident, by offering advice and evaluating them against the Disability Standard. Jim will tell us about the impacts of mental ill health on the workplace and the various sources of support inside and outside of Ofcom.
Mind Introduction to Mental Health at Work
In this session, Dane Krambergar, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Services at Mind, provided an overview of mental health in the workplace, the kinds of mental health issues that commonly arise at work the range of interventions and adjustments that can be made, as well as telling us about the work of Mind in this area. This was a valuable session for line managers and all those who may be involved in responding to mental ill health in the workplace. The session was live-streamed to all colleagues across Ofcom.
Where can I turn to for help with my own mental health?
If you are feeling low, or have concerns or anxieties, consider reaching out to one of our Listening Network’s listeners. It needn’t be a work-related issue that is bothering you. They are there to help whether you're having a difficult period inside or outside work.
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