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HR ignorance blocking mental health policies

first_img Comments are closed. HR ignorance blocking mental health policiesOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article HR managers have a lack of understanding about mental health issues,according to research commissioned by the Department of Health. Attitudes to Mental Health at Work – Interim Report claims that HR policiesdo not take into account mental health issues as effectively as they should. It also states there is a lack of training in companies’ responsibilitiesunder the Disability Discrimination Act when it comes to dealing with theproblem. The report finds that HR managers have a lack of understanding and sympathytowards mental illness and that this attitude is silencing managers andblocking the development of policies. Patrick Burns, policy director at The Industrial Society, which carried outthe research, said HR could improve the way it tackles mental health issues. He said, “HR needs to improve the awareness of mental health withinorganisations. HR have the tools to do this as they do it in other areas ofdiscrimination.” Burns said the approach to training on mental health issues must beimproved. “HR needs to specialise in mental health by encouraging the use ofinternal or external counsellors so they can tell employees what to do,”he said. The report was based on responses from 14 HR managers split into two focusgroups. www.indsoc.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more