Supporting Staff and Colleagues
Support for everyone in the workplace starts by encouraging and nurturing communication and discussion. 'A smile, a nod. A 'you okay?'
It's okay to talk about mental health
See Me's thought provoking campaign about ‘the power of okay’ – has succeeded in getting staff and colleagues to ask people they are concerned about ‘are you okay?’
Getting people to talk with confidence about their mental health problems is the first step towards them getting the help they need. In the workplace, there needs to be enough trust and openness for people with mental health problems to feel confident enough to talk about what's bothering them without the fear that they will be stigmatised and discriminated against.
Help us spread this important message by sharing the film with your work colleagues and let us know what you think by sharing your actions you plan to take in your work by using #powerofokay.
Watch the full version of the campaign
(Warning: This video contains strong language)
Why talking about mental health is so important
See Me surveyed 1165 Scottish workers in April 2015 through a YouGov Poll. The results highlighted a number of key issues:
of people thought that someone with a mental health problem in work would be unlikely to disclose it for fear of losing their job
of people felt that someone with a mental health problem would be unlikely to disclose for fear of being moved to another post or passed over for promotion
of people thought that someone with a mental health problem would be unlikely to disclose it for fear of being discriminated against by colleagues (bullying, harassment, name calling, isolation)
of people thought that someone in their work would be supported by management if they were unwell
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