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Managing Mental Ill Health

Supporting the mental health of your people has never been more important. Mental ill health issues are the number one reason for employees taking time off sick so it’s crucial that your mental health policies and procedures are fit for purpose and you know how to manage mental health issues in the workplace.

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How we can help manage mental ill health in the workplace

  • Best practice with the day to day management of mental health issues
  • Creating or developing mental health policies
  • Dealing with Occupational Health and supporting medical evidence
  • Managing persistent short term absence
  • Managing long term absence due to mental health issues
  • Disability discrimination issues and reasonable adjustments
  • Managing the impact that poor mental health may have on performance
  • Reporting procedures and return to work interviews
  • Managing the work environment to reduce mental health issues


We run regular HR courses at our offices and external venues over the year designed for HR professionals and those responsible for HR within their organisation. We also run webinars on these topics. Keep an eye on the Events section of our website to see upcoming courses.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Get in touch to speak with an expert.

Chambers Alternative 500

Introducing your key contacts

Clive Dobbin

Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton

David Roath

Partner – Employment Team, Winchester

How we’ve helped our clients

β€œIt is great that Paris Smith are willing to be at the forefront of such initiatives. Any information or awareness about Mental Health First Aid at work is invaluable. It is great that Paris Smith are willing to be at the forefront of such initiatives, hopefully this will encourage other business and corporates to follow suit. Our people are our greatest assets, after all. ”

Sue McKenna, Chief Executive

Trinity Winchester

β€œI have been a client of Paris Smith’s Employment law department for several years, including for the resolution of a challenging worker-related dispute. The team has been superb throughout, far exceeding my expectations in terms of their professionalism, proactiveness, pragmatism and generous spirit, often going above and beyond in their service delivery to bring the matter to a far better than hoped for conclusion. At a personal level, everyone I dealt with was delightful too. Paris Smith will certainly remain by ‘go to’ law firm for employment and other legal advice!”

Dr Katja LH Samuel, Chief Executive Officer

Global Security and Disaster Management

Managing Mental Ill Health Resources


Claire Merritt and Tabytha Cunningham | 9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work


Claire Merritt and Tabytha Cunningham | 9th April 2021

Managing Mental Health at Work

Employment experts Tabytha Cunningham and Claire Merritt answer the common questions managers have managing mental health at work. The pandemic has made it even more difficult to spot the signs of poor mental health, so how can we make sure we are being proactive as employers?

01:55 What do we mean by managing mental ill health at work?

03:56 When are employers liable for work related stress? What are the risk factors and where do employers stand?

07:00 What proactive steps can managers take to improve mental health of staff?

11:03 What does it mean to be a mental health first aider?

12:05 When is poor mental health classed as a disability?

16:26 If someone is disabled, what adjustments should you make?

18:42 What should potential triggers or warning signs should managers look out for?

24:08 What should a manager do when an employee discloses a mental health problem?

26:20 How best to manage poor performance related to mental ill health

Managing and supporting mental health at work with Mind:



Wellbeing, mental health & employment law: top tips for managers


Claire Merritt | 10th December 2021

Wellbeing, mental health & employment law: top tips for managers

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