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Acas publishes ‘top tips’ online advice on managing mental health in the workplace

In setting out its six top tips for managing mental health in the workplace, Acas point out that mental health issues not only affect people's personal lives, wellbeing and morale at home, but can also impact on their performance at work and be costly for businesses. Approaching a member of staff about their mental health can be very challenging for a manager or a work colleague. The six top tips are as follows:

1.  Keep your eyes open: Are there changes in day-to-day behaviour?

2.  Don't make assumptions: Everyone has ups and downs, so is it a blip, or signs of a more serious problem?

3.  Get to the root of the problem: Talk to the person privately and ask if they are feeling OK.

4.  How you can help: Act accordingly when you establish the cause of the problem.

5.  Create a culture: Have a culture where individuals feel comfortable disclosing mental health issues.

6.  Walk the talk: A policy will only work if lived out in practice. 

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