Mind: Workplace bullying can affect mental health
16th July 2010
Barrier-free training in the workplace may be required to tackle staff bullying, which one industry expert believes can have a tremendous impact on people’s wellbeing and self-esteem.
Emma Mamo, policy and campaigns manager at Mind – a mental health charity operating in England and Wales – advised businesses that they should not be taking any incidences lightly.
“It can have repercussions for mental health,” she explained. “People can experience stress, depression and be signed off sick as a result.”
Ms Mamo recommended that anyone feeling under pressure in this way voice their concerns with their line manager or with HR, whose job it is to address the situation from both sides in order to reach a solution.
It may be that the bully in question is unaware that their behaviour is intimidating, she went on.
Her comments reflect findings of a survey by Sheffield University researchers, revealing a strong connection between workplace bullying and the development of mental health conditions, the Yorkshire Post reported.