Mental Health and the Workplace
Dil Wickremasinghe, Broadcaster & Journalist, chaired proceedings and in her opening remarks, said that "the workplace is the final frontier in our journey towards breaking down stigma in Ireland. Conversations are happening around kitchen tables, in classrooms, in communities, at national level in the corridors of power and in the media. However, for a long time I have been very aware at the lack of conversations about mental health in the workplace. Is it any wonder as after all the recession has made people very wary about letting their mask slip and showing their vulnerability at work. However, stigma in the workplace existed way before the recession but it just got worse as the recession brought the fear of losing ones job and livelihood".
Brenda O’Brien, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work presented on their European wide campaign on managing stress in the workplace - Healthy Workplace Manage Stress. The Managing Stress and Psychosocial risks E guide is here
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission presented on...... You can access Equality Authority booklets on your equality rights at work here
Ciara Miley from See Change presented on their Workplace activities;
Kahlil Thompson Coyle, National office of Suicide Prevention, spoke to delegates about the new National campaign launched on Monday 20 October - Little Things
and, Sally Anne Kinahan, Assistant General Secretary, ICTU gave a trade union perspective on the issues;
A Panel Discussion followed during which many requests for ongoing training and supports were made.
On Twitter: #EUmanagestress #Littlethings;
TUC: Representing members with mental health difficulties - here
Good workplace practices can spot and resolve mental health issues, says TUC
Unions can be to the fore in tackling mental health in the workplace issues
Workplace and campaigners' guides, wellbeing tips and other resources visit MIND's Mental health at work pages.
The TUC and many unions publish advice for union officers and reps in dealing with the increasing problems of mental ill-health at work and the prejudice and discrimination that people with mental health problems continue to face. TUC has published (October 2012) an updated guide to the wide range of advice now available. Trade Unions and Mental Health: a resource list,
IHREC - your issue is mental health
See Change suite of workplace materials launched September 2014:
Mental ill-health at the workplace: Don’t let stigma be our guide (ILO)
Mental Health and Well Being: a line managers guide (IBEC)