10 October celebrates world mental health day.
- 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime
- Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain
- Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem
- Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions
Mental health problems can range from everyday worries to serious long-term illnesses.
The work environment is a major part of our lives and we spend the majority of our time there. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Because of this, workers can feel uncomfortable and unwilling to discuss their feelings and issues. Fear of discrimination and feelings of shame are among the top reasons people give for not telling their colleagues about their mental health problems.
Fortunately, many businesses are looking to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace through a range of tools including workshops, webinars and mental health first aid courses. But more can still be done to raise awareness.
Working conditions, culture and environment can have a significant impact on mental health and, equally, someone’s mental health can have a huge impact to perform well in their job.
Therefore, business leaders need to address the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace and take it seriously.
MindCheck is the online mental health wellbeing tool that businesses are using to help identify vulnerable team members and enable them to be supported appropriately.
If you are worried about mental health problems or know someone who is, speak to your GP for support or you can visit the following resources for information:
https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123
Sources: hscic.gov.uk, nhs.uk, NHS Digital, ons.gov.uk, mentalhealth.org.uk