Chris Gowlett
Jul 26

The Hidden Side Of Mental Health In The Workplace: Supporting Managers And Senior Leaders

In the dynamic world of business, mental health and well-being are increasingly centre-stage. Yet, amidst these discussions, the mental health of managers and senior leaders often slips under the radar. This blog spotlights this critical issue, discussing how cultivating a culture of positive mental health can benefit both employees and leaders. Discover valuable strategies for managers to care for their own mental health, enabling them to effectively guide and support their teams.

Recognising The Pressure

As a manager or a leader, you carry immense responsibility. A staggering 64% of managers admit that work-related stress affects their mental health, Lyra Health (2023). It’s crucial to acknowledge this pressure and understand that prioritising your own mental health is not a sign of weakness, but a strength.

Being able to recognise the signs of stress and burnout in yourself and then seeking support, are essential steps in maintaining mental well-being.

Break Down The Stigma

In many senior roles, discussing mental health issues can seem daunting and a perceived sign of weakness. It’s essential to break down this stigma.

Open dialogue about mental health should become the norm, encouraging everyone in the organisation, including managers and leaders, to share and seek support without fear.

Prioritising Self-Care

Self-care isn’t an indulgence; it’s a necessity. Dedicate time for activities that rejuvenate you—exercise, hobbies, time with loved ones, or mindfulness practices. The NHS recommends a variety of self-care techniques that can help improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Prioritising self-care recharges your energy, enhancing your resilience and capability to manage professional challenges effectively.

Utilise Resources Available to You

Utilising mental health resources like counselling services, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), or mental health apps can provide crucial support.

As a leader, endorsing and utilising these resources sends a strong message to your team about the importance of mental well-being.

Building a Supportive Network

Develop a network of trusted colleagues, peers and mentors. Consider joining managers networking groups in your industry where you can openly discuss challenges and seek advice.

A supportive network offers valuable insights, advice, and a safe space to share experiences.

Leading by Example

Your actions can have a profound impact on your team.

Demonstrating a commitment to self-care and prioritising mental health can inspire your team to do the same. Embrace open communication, foster a supportive work environment, and lead by example when it comes to mental health and well-being.

Regular ‘mental health check-ins,’ mental health days, and flexible work schedules are practical ways to promote mindful leadership.

Our Managing Mental Health in the Workplace course is perfect for those who are looking for effective strategies to support employees in the workplace.

Establishing Boundaries

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance requires clear boundaries. Resist excessive working hours and the urge to be ‘always-on’. Ensure you take regular breaks to recharge.

Establishing boundaries can create healthly working practices, prevent burnout and set a positive example for your team.

Promoting Peer Support

You can’t do it all on your own!

Encourage peer support amongst your employees. Peers can offer unique insights and understanding because they face similar challenges.

Creating opportunities for peer interaction and support can promote a culture of collective wellbeing.

Our Become a Mental Health Champion course is the perfect training for your employees who are taking on the role of peer support in the workplace.

Use Mental Health Training to Support You and your Workplace

To build a culture that promotes and supports positive mental health, it’s crucial that everyone has the awareness and skills to support themselves and others.

We offer a range of courses both online and in your place of work to support you and your organisation.


The mental health of managers and senior leaders is a critical facet of workplace mental health. By fostering a positive mental health culture, leaders can better support their teams while also taking care of their own mental health. Prioritising your well-being isn’t selfish—it’s the cornerstone of effective, resilient leadership. By embracing these strategies and investing in mental health, you’ll create a healthier, more productive, and happier work environment.

At The Training Initiative, we’re dedicated to supporting managers and leaders in creating mentally healthy workplaces.

Contact us today to explore our range of training programs and resources designed to enhance well-being and promote positive mental health.