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April is Stress Awareness Month: Tackle stress in the workplace

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Working Minds campaign has called on employers to support workers mental health during Stress Awareness Month.


Liz Goodwill, head of the work-related stress and mental health policy team at HSE, said: “We are inviting business owners, employers and managers to join others across Britain to make a difference during Stress Awareness Month in five steps.”


Over the course of the month, employers are encouraged to focus on one of the campaign’s 5 Rs for each of the five weeks. They are:


Reach out and have conversations,

Recognise the signs and causes of stress,

Respond to any risks you’ve identified,

Reflect on actions you’ve agreed and taken, and make it Routine.


Preventing work-related stress isn’t just the right thing to do by workers, it’s the law. All employers are required to prevent work related stress to support good mental health in the workplace.


The Working Minds campaign brings together a range of tools and support to help businesses and workers including free online learning, Talking Toolkits, risk assessment templates and examples.


There are six main areas that can lead to work-related stress if they are not managed properly. These are: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change. Factors like skills and experience, age, or disability may all affect someone’s ability to cope.


If you are an employer looking for support, a good place to start is to register for free bitesize learning: https://workright.campaign.gov.uk/working-minds-learning/

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