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Mental Health Awareness In The Workplace

Mental Health Awareness is often very well highlighted by charities and although ‘awareness weeks’ run for usually seven days, it is very important that we are aware of our own and of others mental health throughout the whole year. However, when mental health awareness is showcased, it has the aim of reducing stigma and offering accurate information and advice for anyone who may be affected by mental health.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
May 30, 2023

Mental Health Awareness is often very well highlighted by charities and although ‘awareness weeks’ run for usually seven days, it is very important that we are aware of our own and of others mental health throughout the whole year. However, when mental health awareness is showcased, it has the aim of reducing stigma and offering accurate information and advice for anyone who may be affected by mental health.

Mental health issues can affect any individual of any age or background. Mental health is the top reason for why employees take time off work in the UK with millions of working days being lost. A recent survey showed that the actual figure exceeds 17.5 million days per annum which could actually be much higher due to the fact that many people are reluctant to disclose mental health as a reason for absence.

Many employers have still not received adequate training in managing mental health in the workplace but this is now being increasingly encouraged and companies and their HR departments are promoting wellbeing by having easily accessible information for employees. Better mental health support and care of employees can save companies billions of pounds that are lost annually as well as potentially saving lives.

Mental health is still often an uncomfortable subject but it shouldn’t be. Work is the biggest cause of stress in people's lives with one in six workers will be off work for mental health and of course, there are those who battle on in silence with no one noticing.

The highest age group for suicide in the UK is between 45 and 54 with males being more likely to take their own lives than females. It is estimated that there are at least 650 work related suicides each year in the UK and that one in every four employees has experienced suicidal thoughts whilst in the workplace.

All the data, surveys and statistics show that there is a real need for ongoing and intensive support in the workplace which is closely monitored. Employers do have a duty of care towards their employees.

Thinking about and actively considering employees' and colleagues' mental wellbeing can go a long way towards a positive and healthy working environment which in turn boosts productivity. Of course, it goes without saying that looking after your own mental health should be at the top of your list of priorities.

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