FEATURE22 November 2021

Essential safeguards: mental health

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What do organisations need to know about mental health in the workplace? By Julie Corney.

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The MRS standards team has continued to add to the essential safeguards series of guidance, with the aim of guiding our members in the prevention of harm, a key construct of the MRS code. The latest addition to the series covers mental health.

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. While mental health problems are common, most are mild, tend to be short term and are normally treated successfully, with medication, by a GP.

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues.

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