It’s fair to say we’ve never experienced a time like this.
There are lots of messages, advice, opinions and predictions around. Some of it’s pretty drastic, and not all of it agrees – and the uncertainty, in itself, can feel very stressful. Mental Health at Work isn’t here to add to your pressures as an employer by telling you what to do.
Instead, at a time when things are moving and changing fast, Mind want to make sure you’ve got some useful and practical information when you need it.
In terms of workplace wellbeing, the coronavirus situation presents a few different things to think about, and Mind have chosen some resources that can help with each of them in the form of a toolkit.
A pandemic isn’t just a physical health issue; it’s a mental health issue too. Mind has produced a guide for anyone who may be feeling worried about this. It covers a lot of issues to help support the mental health of yourself and others in the coming weeks and months, including those with existing mental health concerns.
Many of us have found ourselves working remotely much more, and quite suddenly. There are two guides to keeping yourself well if you are in this category: one with lots to think about, and one that quickly lists some key advice.
Whether you’re an employer, line manager or concerned colleague, there is a lot you can do to improve life for others who are suddenly working remotely. There are two guides to help with setting up your staff at home – one with lots of detail on mental health, safety, infrastructure and more; and one with quick tips on supporting their wellbeing. Then, there is also a useful tool for keeping in touch with your team’s wellbeing and support needs, wherever they’re working.
It’s a fluid situation, so Mind will keep updating the information as and when new information comes to light, with high quality resources that can help you.
Resources in the Toolkit include:
• Coronavirus and your Wellbeing – a short guide exploring some of the worries and difficulties you might experience due to the coronavirus pandemic, and some ways to ensure your mental health is protected.
• Working well from home under self-quarantine for coronavirus – a guide on based on the experience of thousands of self-employed and lone workers with plenty of advice to make the transition feel less isolating if you’re suddenly quarantined.
• My whole self: supporting your mental health while working from home – a quick sheet for homeworkers focussing on setting up a routine, staying active, staying in touch with colleagues and accessing mental health support.
• Remote working: a practical safety guide for businesses – a detailed guide to setting up a remote workforce, from safety to IT to mental health and well being.
• Supporting colleagues to stay mentally healthy in unusual working conditions – a brief factsheet covering the key wellbeing tips in bullet points with links to key resources and information.
• Guide to wellness action plans – wellness action plans are an easy way to help support your own mental health at work and that of your team members. This includes guidance and templates to get you started, for both employees and line managers.