Mental Health

The HSE Management Standards define the characteristics, or culture, of an organisation where the risks from work related stress are being effectively managed and controlled.

The Management Standards cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence. In other words, the six Management Standards cover the primary sources of stress at work.

Often stress can be multi factorial and it can be difficult to find the root causation. Knowing the workplace has a risk assessment in place and that actions have been made to reduce stressors can prevent underlying illness such as anxiety and depression becoming worse. Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioural symptoms.

Working to remove stigmas that are sometimes associated with these types of illnesses make for good working practice. Therefore, education is key to understanding the problem.