Would you know where to go for mental health support in your workplace?
Rising numbers of employees face demotion, disciplinary action and even dismissal for disclosing a mental health issue to their employer. The issue was highlighted on BBC Breakfast TV this morning and a new report by Business in the Community, which shows the scale of the problem:
- More than three quarters (77 per cent) of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health
- 62 per cent of employees say work has been a contributing factor to their poor mental health
- Over half of employees (56 per cent) who disclosed symptoms of poor mental health said that their employer took no mitigating actions
- Less than one quarter (22 per cent of managers) have had relevant mental health training at work
Speaking about mental health in the workplace, Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer at Ieso Digital Health said:
“Mental health problems often go unrecognised and untreated — not only damaging an individual's health and career, but also reducing productivity at work. Adequate treatment, on the other hand, can alleviate this for the employee and improve job performance too. Leadership is critical to embed mental health and wellbeing in corporate culture. Employers also need to do more to recognise and support employees dealing with anxiety, stress and depression. Online evidence-based cognitive therapy such as Ieso is the gold standard for treating depression and anxiety and ideal for people working, as treatment can be accessed at a time and location that suits the individual.”