Recent research has confirmed that there is still a culture of fear and silence around mental health at work, which can prove costly to employers. We look at what is mental health, what managers can do to help and how to avoid discrimination.Mental health is more common that you think. One in four people will experience symptoms of mental ill healt...
There are many reasons why an employee may be required to take time off work, but did you know that mental health conditions are now the most common work-related illness?
Workplace absences can range from childcare responsibilities to work-related illness, however, according to a recent announcement by the Health and Safety Executive, the number of UK workers that suffered from mental health conditions which included work-related stress, depression and anxiety have risen by nearly 10% to 526,000 in the year 2016/2017.
What does this mean for businesses and the UK economy as a whole?
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that mental health conditions account for an annual average of 12.5 million working days lost; a cost to the UK economy of between £33-£42 billion.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, meaning that, in a workforce of 40 people, 10 individuals may experience a mental health condition.
In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health condition such as anxiety and depression in any given week.
According to the statistics gathered by Mind, 7.8 people in 100 will suffer mixed anxiety and depression, whilst 5.9 in 100 people will suffer from a generalised anxiety disorder, and 3.3 in every 100 people will have to deal with an overall depressed state of being and mind.