Mental Health

Mental health matters
Why should this matter to UK Plc?
Here’s a few facts:

It’s estimated that one in four adults are affected at some point in their lives
Mental health at work is the leading cause of absence in the UK
Depression or anxiety, account for almost 70 million sick days in the UK
The total cost to the UK economy is estimated at around £70 billion (OECD)
People with mild to moderate mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, are twice as likely to be unemployed

Stigma of mental health
Many are worried about opening up about their mental ill health, due to the stigma attached to it.  In 2016, the mental health charity, Mind, shared just how costly a culture of fear and silence around mental health is to employers:

More than one in five (21%) agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work, when asked how workplace stress had affected them.
14% agreed that they had resigned and 42% had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them.
56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance.

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’.

When you look at the facts, it is clear that something needs to be done. Organisations that get ahead of the game here will not only benefit from accessing a new talent pool but will also achieve greater engagement from their existing employees. That’s why we believe it is important to manage mental health issues as a holistic program of activities. By embedding support into every aspect of working life, organisation will reap a reward.