Practical strategies to address barriers
Having the support of a manager or supervisor is the most crucial factor when it comes to remaining or returning to work with a mental health condition.
As a manager or leader you can:
- provide mental health awareness training
- speak openly about mental health conditions in the workplace and encourage others to do the same
- communicate your commitment to equal opportunity and privacy, and develop policies where required
- promote a positive working environment by minimising workplace risks to mental health, such as job stress
- draw on guidance from specialists or the employee's treating health professional (with their permission).
Some workplaces also have Manager Assistance Programs (MAPs), which are confidential advisory services for managers dealing with difficult situations. These can provide support and advice for handling mental health issues in the workplace, including the impact on the wider team.