How to advise staff on getting help for low mood or depression

Whatever the cause of low moods or depression, if negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then sufferers may need to make some changes and get some extra support.

Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to signpost any sufferers among their staff to key sources of help.

When to see your GP?

If you’re still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call NHS 111. Your GP can
discuss your symptoms with you and help to point you in the right direction.
Your GP will discuss all the available options with you, including self-help, talking therapies and antidepressants.

Making Lifestyle changes

Whether people have been feeling down for a while, or are depressed, making some simple lifestyle changes can have a dramatic effect on your emotional wellbeing.
Top self-help tips to help you feel more in control, more able to cope and in a better mood include:

  • Getting a regular good night’s sleep
  • Keeping to a healthy diet
  • Reducing your alcohol intake
  • Exercising regularly and getting more active

Meditation, breathing exercises and learning ways to think about problems differently may also help.

Talking therapies

There are lots of different types of talking therapies available. To help you decide which one would most suit you talk to your GP.

Antidepressants

Antidepressants are commonly used to treat depression. There are several types available. If your GPs prescribing antidepressants will discuss with patients the different types and which one would suit you best.

Mental health helplines

Medigold Health’s team of occupational health experts recommend staff check out the websites of these help lines first to see which helpline would best suit you and what, if any, charges apply.

  • Mind

Phone 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am- 6pm)
www.mind.org.uk

  • Anxiety UK

Phone 08444 775 774 (mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30opm)
www.anxietyuk.org.uk

  • Samaritans

Phone 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
www.Samaritans.org.uk

  • Sane

Phone 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6-11pm)
www.sane.org.uk

      • No Panic

Phone 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am- 10pm)

nopanic.org.uk

Protecting workplace health

The best way for employers to reduce the cost of sickness absence is to take a prevention rather than a cure approach. This is why Medigold Health offers businesses extensive mental health support for employees, including:

  • Counselling (either face-to-face or on the telephone)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Occupational health advisor consultations
  • Access to specialists

Medigold Health can help your employees deal with stress, anxiety and depression, as well as a range of other health issues. If you are looking to improve workplace health and reduce the cost of sickness absence, simply contact Medigold Health today.

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