Workers' mental health highlighted in Edinburgh event

The Scottish Parliament BuildingThe ‘Promoting Mental Health at Work’ event in Edinburgh was organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Healthy Working Lives (HWL). It followed on from a roadshow across the country that marked the launch of the Training 2015 initiative, which aims to get more businesses providing their staff with help to combat stress and other mental health problems.

Industry leaders, managers and IOSH members attended the event which featured a panel discussion on how work related psychosocial risks can be prevented and managed, regardless of the size or type of an organisation.

Jim Tassell, Chair of IOSH Scotland, said: “I think that there is a very widespread problem with employers simply failing to recognise the extent of the problems that they may have.

“They only realise that they have got problems when something comes along to bite them, such as a claim.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Karen McDonnell, of the IOSH Edinburgh branch, said: “We know that up to one in six workers will suffer from mental ill health at some point in their lives. The panel debate will allow the issues around mental health in the workplace to be teased out, and signpost individuals and organisations to sources of information and support here in Scotland.”

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Post date: 28 Nov 2014

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