UNITED KINGDOM: More Workers Ask for Mental Health Help

May 25, 2018

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

BBC News

UK employees are reporting more mental health issues in the workplace, a recent survey suggests. The Institute of Directors polled 700 managers and found that nearly 40 percent said they were approached by employees with mental health concerns in 2018, compared to just over 25 percent in 2017. However, survey results suggested that only 17 percent of companies offered mental health training to managers. Poor relationships with managers and a heavy workload appeared to have the most negative impact on employee mental health. Stephen Martin, director-general of the Institute of Directors, said that managers should place equal importance on supporting their employees’ physical and mental health. “The workplace shouldn’t be somewhere that people feel they have to hide the problems they are facing. In fact, it should be one of the places where help is most easily found,” he said. “We want businesses to see tackling mental health not as a drain on resources but as a positive investment in the wellbeing of their staff.”

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