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New ways to create a mentally healthy workplace in the care sector

Do you have a mentally healthy workplace?

Keeping an eye on your own mental health and that of others around you has always been vital. But with the additional pressures the sector has been facing since the COVID-19 pandemic started, it’s easy to drop this to the bottom of the list.

“The social care workforce is one that has been under immense pressure over the past 15 months. The social care sector must address mental health support for its staff both now and in the future. This is because the mental health impact of working through the pandemic is something we shall live with for many years to come.” Keith Leslie, Chair of Samaritans, and Care Management Matters

Tackling stress at work should be a major priority, and so should be creating a supportive workplace culture that promotes mental health. Organisational culture can be enhanced by offering effective leadership, line management training, and interventions to reduce stress and improve mental health at work.

A mentally healthy workplace in the care sector would:

  • Demonstrate compassionate leadership
  • Recognise the challenges of ‘returning to normal’
  • Invest in personal resilience and peer support on an individual level
  • Invest in equipping managers from front-line supervisory level to senior managers
  • Promote leaders as allies for mental health in the organisation
  • Appraise the impact of senior leaders, front-line leaders, and management teams
  • Educate your leaders and staff in other emotional support and mental health advice

It is everyone’s responsibility to advance the mental health agenda and to promote mentally healthy workplaces.

To read more about what a mentally healthy workplace in the care sector would look like, click here!

If you would like any more information on the above or have any questions, get in touch by calling 03305 552233 or email recruitment@ajrecruitment.com.

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