5 top tips to support colleagues with stress

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In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment, stress has become an all-too-common experience for many employees. It’s essential that we prioritise supporting and caring for one another’s wellbeing. We explore five top tips to support colleagues experiencing stress, promoting a healthier and more supportive professional environment.

Promote open dialogue

Encourage open and honest dialogue about mental health within your team. Contribute to a culture where colleagues feel comfortable discussing their mental wellbeing and seeking support from one another. By normalising these conversations, you help break down barriers and stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

Promote work-life balance

Encourage your colleagues to take regular breaks, utilise their annual leave and disconnect from work outside of working hours. By setting boundaries and prioritising self-care, employees can better manage their stress levels.

Share supportive resources

Inform your team/colleagues about available resources to support their mental wellbeing. Share information about free local mental health services such as BeWell@StepOne and Devon Mind, which offer self-help courses, workshops, and peer support groups. Providing access to such resources can significantly contribute to stress management and mental wellbeing

Encourage a supportive team culture

Contribute to a supportive team culture where colleagues uplift and encourage one another. Promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and offering assistance when needed. Recognise and celebrate achievements to boost morale and create a positive work environment that eases stress.

Enhance your mental health skills

Improve your mental health skills and knowledge through training courses such as Mental Health First Aid. These programmes provide valuable knowledge about common mental health conditions, their signs, and effective ways to offer support. By investing in your mental health skills, you can become a valuable resource for your colleagues and contribute to a healthier workplace.

By implementing these tips, you can play your part in creating and contributing towards a stress-resilient workplace that values the mental wellbeing of its employees. For a more comprehensive understanding of mental health support in the workplace, explore our Exeter based 2-day Mental Health First Aid training course.

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