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Your mental health at work

What can I do to look after my mental health at work?

When we think about the phrase ‘mental health’, we often think about mental health problems. We think of symptoms like low mood and diagnoses such as depression or anxiety. In fact, everyone has mental health. You’ll have times when your mental health is good – and times when it’s less good. Looking after your mental health doesn’t always mean you can avoid problems entirely. But we still need to look after our mental health in the same way that we look after our physical health.

These ideas and links will help you think about how to look after your mental health at home and at work.

Take a look at Bupa’s information on looking after your mental health.

Mental health and wellbeing at work

    • Five ways to wellbeing: the evidence. New Economics Foundation, 2008.
    • Jenkins R, Meltzer H, Jones PB, et al.Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project. Mental health: Future challenges. The Government Office for Science, London, 2008
    • Five ways to wellbeing: new applications, new ways of thinking. New Economics Foundation / NHS Confederation, 2011
    • Stress: management standards. Health and Safety Executive, reviewed March 2017. www.hse.gov.uk
    • Kodz J, Davis S, Lain D et al. Working long hours: a review of the evidence. Employment Relations Research Series ERRS16, Department of Trade and Industry, October 2003
    • Kivimäki M et al. Long working hours and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished data for 603,838 individuals. The Lancet 386(10,005):1739–46
    • Equality Act 2010 legislation.gov.uk [accessed May 2017]
  • Produced by Clare Foster, freelance health editor, and Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Content, Bupa UK, September 2017
    Next review due September 2020

    Bupa UK expert reviewers:

    • Naomi Humber, Psychology Services Manager, EAP
    • Stuart Haydock, Resilience Lead, Health Clinics
    • Sarah Deedat, Head of Behaviour Change
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