Dignity in the Workplace World Mental Health Day 2015 This year World Mental Health Day – 10th October the focus is on the theme of Dignity Here are some top tips on how to bring Dignity into the workplace Join in the conversation around dignity in mental health #WMHD15 If you are concerned about a colleague, take the time to ask if they are ok. Take some time out of your day to go for a walk or have a chat over a cup of tea – it can make all the difference to someone’s day. Be respectful around mental health and conscious of the language you use, Do not use words like: Mad Lunatic Psycho Mental Do you know someone who is experiencing mental ill health? Send them a card or see if they would like you to visit – mental ill health is no different to any other physical illness. What you perceive to be a joke may not be funny to others around you. Keep in touch during sickness absence to offer support and plan for return to work. Consider a neutral space (such as a café). Build a respectful culture If you feel you need more guidance on understanding mental ill health – attend the Mental Health Awareness course, available through the Equality & Diversity webpages. Encourage an ethos where staff know it is OK to talk about mental health – it will help to reduce the stigma Develop a work culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and issues such as bullying and harassment are not tolerated. Accept the existence of mental ill health – let’s stamp out the stigma of mental health altogether.