Mental health struggles have been around for centuries. However, up until recently, openly discussing mental health was nearly unheard of. A stigma has surrounded the topic of mental health for many years (Better Health Channel, 2020). Luckily, this cycle is starting to break.
Mental health doesn’t care about your income, age, gender, or sexuality. Mental health struggles are felt by individuals from all social strata and walks of life. Mental health problems are relevant in countries of both high and low incomes.
Of course, when individuals are experiencing difficulties with their mental health, it bleeds over into all aspects of their life, including their work. The United Kingdom Department of Health and the Confederation of British Industry have estimated that 15-30% of workers will experience some form of mental health problem during their working lives, (World Health Organization, 2002). As health and safety managers, it is key to provide employees with the right tools to ask for help and better manage their mental health struggles.
This White Paper focuses on the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace and highlighting tools that can be used to reduce workplace risk for everyone within the company. This is the practical guide to destigmatising mental health in the workplace and equipping all members of the workforce with the right tools to be successful in managing their stress load and mental health.
What You’ll Learn
- The state of employee mental health in the U.K., South Africa, and the USA.
- The cost of poor mental health on businesses and the economy.
- How to survey and track the mental health within your company.
- Warning signs to look out for amongst all staff members.
- How to help your employees in better managing their mental health.
The State of Employee Mental Health by Country
Work cultures and environments differ from country to country and company to company. However, one element that stays consistent is the prevalence of mental health concerns. In fact, one in four adults will have a diagnosable mental disorder that impairs their social, interpersonal, or occupational functioning. As a result, mental illness has become a leading global health concern (Dawkins, 2016). The following information depicts the state of employee mental health in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the USA.
The United Kingdom
Mental health struggles are certainly experienced throughout the United Kingdom. It is reported that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the U.K. are related to mental health conditions (Mental Health Foundation, 2016). Luckily, individuals in the United Kingdom who suffer from ongoing mental health problems are protected by law