Mental Health in the workplace
By shoby1128, Aug 19 2017 10:37AM
The term “mental health” includes emotional well-being, mental health conditions and mental illnesses. Mental health, like physical health, can fluctuate but everyone’s experience of mental health is different and unique to them.
In some cases, employers will be legally obliged to take certain steps if the legal definition of disability is met, however it is worth reflecting on some of the headline statistics* on mental health in the workplace,
• One in six workers suffer from anxiety, depression and unmanageable stress each year.
• 74% of people with a mental health problem for more than a year, are out of work.
• 55% of those with depression of anxiety for more than a year are out of work.
• 49% of workers would not be comfortable disclosing a mental health issue at work.
• Workplace mental ill-health costs employers around £26 billion per year.
• In 2015, 18 million days were lost to sickness absence caused by mental health conditions.
• Those with a severe and enduring mental illness are exposed to premature mortality rates of up to 15-20 years.
*Source – Employers Law
• More than one in five (21 per cent) of employees agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them
• 14 per cent agreed that they had resigned and 42 per cent had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them
• 30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’
• 56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don't feel they have the right training or guidance
If you as an employer are struggling to implement effective tools to assist you and your employees dealing with mental health, this is where we can assist, as our team of experts provide employers with assistance in dealing with staff in relation to mental health & wellbeing.
This can include an initial assessment with an employee or working with your managers to ensure they have the tools and training in place to deal with staff who may be experiencing mental health issues.
This will enable your work place to become somewhere that people feel they can talk about mental health and feel confident they will get the help & support they need.