Cope Up With Stress And Depression In The Workplace With Mental Health Programs

Posted by mentalhealthtv on June 26th, 2019

Stress and depression can be quite common the workplace. Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors, meaning that some people are more susceptible to it than others. Stress often is a contributing factor to depression.

There is a range of different symptoms of depression, and each person may experience depression a bit differently. Depression can present itself as anger, irritability, persistent sadness, sudden lack of enthusiasm for activities that would usually be a hobby, increase or decrease in appetite (and as a result, increase or decrease in weight). Somebody dealing with depression may take more sick days, or may throw him or herself into work too much.
Quite an important thing to keep in mind would be the fact that stress does not have to be caused by work for it to become a problem at work. Stress can be triggered by a life-changing event, for example, bereavement. It is also common in new parents, who are adjusting to parenting life and learning to balance family life with work. For most, money problems are all too familiar and a huge cause of stress. A person's working hours may be the least stressful part of their day, or the most stressful part.
This is why it's essential that an employee is able to speak to somebody at work if they are going through a stressful time, or dealing with a mental health issue. Most people experience a mental health issue at least once in their life. Some mental health issues are short-term, and treatments like counselling, a short course of anti-depressants and/or therapy may help a person through this time. Other mental health issues, such as Bipolar Disorder, are permanent and need to be managed. Somebody dealing with Bipolar Disorder would need reassurance that they have support from their employer. Reassurance and support from an employer can do a great deal to reduce stress.

Currently, many people in the UK struggle with Stress And Depression In The Workplace. This could be because of the current economic climate, and the surge in popularity of zero hour contracts. A zero hour contract is supposedly a flexible contract to work from, as the employee is not legally required to do any work. This means that they should be able to decide when they would like to work. Unfortunately, this does have cons. Employers are not obliged to keep giving work to an employee that, in their eyes, might not work hard enough. This can add a lot of unnecessary pressure to do well, so that they keep receiving work from the employer. The lack of stability can contribute to any money concerns that the employee may have, leading them to feel trapped.

The simplest things that anybody can do to improve mental health in the workplace are: provide support for those going through stressful times, make it clear that they will not be judged, raise awareness in the workplace to reduce stigma, and ensure that employees take time for breaks.

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