‘Mental Health in the Workplace’

“For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.

We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related, like deadlines or travel. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances. The value added to the economy by people who are at work and have or have had mental health problems is as high as £225 billion per year, which represents 12.1% of the UK’s total GDP.

It’s vital that we protect that value by addressing mental health at work for those with existing issues, for those at risk, and for the workforce as a whole. A toxic work environment can be corrosive to our mental health. We believe in workplaces where everyone can thrive. We also believe in the role of employers, employees and businesses in creating thriving communities.

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%.2.”

Mental Health Foundation : Support mental health at work

‘Is Work Working’ is a film project proposal that seeks to explore the relationship between good mental health and employment practice and an employers responsibility to its workforce.

Working in partnership with Paul Butcher Calderdale MBC Director of Public Health the film will provide platforming and advocacy opportunities for local stakeholders to come together, and hopefully stimulate open conversation and dialogue around issues related to better mental health at work.

We are working with a number of local interviewees in Calderdale in relaxed and informal settings – to develop and simulate conversation around notions of ‘wellness at work’ and the contributing factors that impact on good mental health in the workplace. Research and initial planning work has explored some of the determining factors in a range of employment settings.

On Paul’s advice we have taken 5 key themes of the DPH’s report to develop a structure for the film – to ‘hang’ its discussions on – and explore some of the contrasting features of local working practices / experiences. This has given us the chance to explore similarity and difference … and to look for ‘commonality’ and shared solutions.

The project has beee designed to celebrate and promote ‘best practice’ and ‘opportunity’ as well as explore some of the tougher decisions that employers may have to take to support better mental health at work.