The CIPD and mental health charity Mind have developed a mental health guide for managers to improve support for those experiencing stress and mental health issues at work.
The guidance contains information, practical advice and templates to help managers facilitate conversations about stress and mental health problems with employees.
It also sets out the practical steps that employers can take to create a mentally healthy workplace and help prevent poor psychological wellbeing in the first place.
The CIPD said the aim is to put in place support so employees can stay well and in work – meaning they perform at their best for the business while the employer retains talent and expertise.
The guide was first produced in 2011 but has been updated to be in line with developments in both employment and how organisations manage mental health at work.
The CIPD said that during its research with employers to inform this work in 2011, there was a clear demand for specific guidance on disclosure to be embedded within general guidance on mental health in the workplace.
As such, the guide addresses the whole lifecycle of employment, from recruitment, through keeping people well and managing a disability or ill health at work, to supporting people to return to work after a period of absence.