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Mental health in the workplace
There are now over 15 awareness days throughout the year dedicated to a range of mental health topics, and you only have to look on LinkedIn to see that companies are really starting to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health.
However, according to the World Health Organisation around 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health problem throughout their lives, so are employers doing enough?
With 300,000 people suffering from mental health problems losing their jobs each year, surely there’s more to be done.
Businesses tend to offer an array of benefits that support wellbeing and physical health. Such as private medical/dental insurance, free eye tests, discounted gym memberships and cycle to work schemes. However, there is little to solely support mental health. Organisations need to recognise that supporting mental health needs to fit into the wider employee health agenda. Ultimately, programs that focus on genuinely improving employee’s mental health makes a difference in peoples lives, inside and outside of work, and that’s what matters.
Why should employers implement a mental health strategy?
“Whatever goes on for employees outside of work also goes on inside of work. Helping people manage that is just the right thing to do.”
Tim Munden – Chief Learning Officer of Unilever
What are other businesses doing?
What mental health initiatives does your company offer? What would you like to see implemented in the future?
If you’re wondering how your business can implement a mental health plan, or improve upon the one you already have in place. Attend our upcoming event on Taking Your Workplace Mental Health Plan To The Next Level on the 19th of March. Click here to register.
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