Mental health describes a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. From the perspective of ‘positive psychology’ or ‘holism’, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Mental health can also be defined as an expression of emotions, and as signifying a successful adaptation to a range of demands.
We discussed the effect that Mental health has on businesses and how businesses can try to adjust their working practices to make work more comfortable for both the employer and the employee. We discovered that people who are affected by an episode of ill Mental Health often do not want to disclose this to their employer as there is still a stigma attached; one attendee said “People who apply for jobs are more willing to disclose a criminal record than a Mental Health condition”.
Culture change was a huge discussion topic at the event we were told “In Germany it is commonplace for somebody to be sent to counselling in times of bereavement or trauma, which makes it easier to discuss Mental Health in the long term, this means it can be treated earlier on and there is a greater chance of recovery”.
We all agreed that the stigma attached to Mental Health needed to be cleared, and perhaps we are on the way there by having these open and frank discussions in which opinion and ideas can be shared.
The next Waffle with Wave-length – Bend Or Break, A look at reasonable adjustments in employment, will be held on 20th September 2012 At the Priory School, Longden Road , Shrewsbury, and has kindly been sponsored by the Priory School.
For information about mental health go to:
Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/