What The Statistics Tell Us…
With almost 1 in 3 individuals having experienced some form of mental health issue(s) during employment, it may come as no surprise that mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. With an average cost of £1300 per employee per year whose mental health goes unsupported, and a total of 12.8 million days lost in 2018-2019 because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, there is evidently an ever-increasing need for employers to make mental health their number one organisational priority.
Whilst Mental Health awareness has been high on the political agenda and there has been an increase in campaigns such as World Mental Health Day and Every Mind Matters; many employees still suffer in silence and discussing mental health is often considered a taboo. A recent figure found that around 95% of employees calling in sick for work with stress gave their employer a different reason. Developing and encouraging a culture where employees feel able to openly talk about their mental health problems without fear will help to tackle the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health issues.
Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace
Employers have a duty of care to ensure their employee’s health, safety and wellbeing and it is important to have a framework in place to support people if they experience poor mental health. It is vital to promote good mental health throughout the workforce through a variety of means, such as the following:
- Appropriate Policies and Procedures
- Support and Supervision,
- Mental Health Awareness Courses
- Health Promotion
- Making Reasonable Employment Adjustments
- Flexible Working Practices
- Having Access to a Confidential Counsellor Onsite or Remotely
Come Along to Gravitate’s Next Seminar
To provide further advice and support on this matter, Gravitate HR are holding three consecutive seminars in Falkirk, Edinburgh and Glasgow on the 11th, 12th and 13th of February 2020 from 12.30-2pm alongside Marianne McJannett, Employment Lawyer at TC Young on Mental Health in the Workplace. The seminar will focus on “How do we build resilient workplaces that empower staff and promote wellness?” and will be an interactive session.
Interested? Please come along and join us by purchasing your ticket on one of the links below:
A complimentary lunch will also be provided on the day – if you have any specific dietary requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (for Falkirk/Glasgow) & email@example.com (for Edinburgh).