According to the Mental Health Foundation, 14.7% of the UK’s employees have experienced mental health problems in the workplace. It can take the form of stress, depression, anxiety, or dependency, and the impact can be devastating. For businesses, it means lost productivity, disruption, and sickness absence – 12.7% of all UK sickness absences can be attributed to mental health conditions, costing up to £8 billion per year. For individuals, it can mean so much more. And as employers, we have the power to make a difference.
There has been increasing awareness of the importance of mental health in recent years. But while attitudes are broadly changing, there is still great reluctance among employees to acknowledge that they’re struggling. Having a workplace wellbeing programme can help.