Supporting Employees Around Mental Health & Wellbeing: Understanding the Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, mental health conditions are considered a disability, which means that employers in the games industry have a legal obligation to ensure that they do not discriminate against individuals with mental health conditions during recruitment, employment, and dismissal.

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Discrimination can include refusing to hire someone due to their mental health condition, denying them promotions or training opportunities, or unfairly dismissing them from their job due to their condition.

It is important for employers to create an inclusive and supportive work environment for individuals with mental health conditions. This can include providing reasonable accommodations, such as flexible working arrangements, modified job duties, or time off for medical appointments or therapy sessions.

Employers should also ensure that they have policies and procedures in place to handle mental health-related issues and provide support to employees who may be struggling with their mental health.

Additionally, employers can promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by providing resources and support for employees, such as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), access to mental health professionals, and training for managers and employees on mental health awareness and support.

Creating a culture that prioritises mental health and wellbeing can also include initiatives such as wellness programs, mental health days, and regular check-ins with employees.

Employers should also be aware of their legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their employees, including their mental health.

This can include identifying and addressing potential workplace stressors or hazards that may impact employee mental health, such as heavy workloads or poor communication, and providing adequate support to employees who may be experiencing stress or other mental health challenges.

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