On 10th October 2018 it was World Mental Health Day. Around 1 in 3 people will at some point in their lives suffer from a mental health problem whilst in employment. Mental health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK, costing £100 billion each year, with around 70 million work days lost.
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has urged businesses to increase awareness of mental health problems in the workplace. He has encouraged colleagues to look out for each other.
It has been announced there are 8 new Mental Health Networks that will bring together their research and work with charities in order to improve mental health outcomes.
It is important to help those who are struggling with mental health problems; they need as much support as possible. In any business there is a team of people working to the needs of that business in order to make it successful. If somebody in that team becomes ill and is suffering from a mental health problem, they need to be offered the appropriate support so that they can overcome their health problem. When somebody is ill, it means that team cannot be functioning at 100%. Therefore, the good mental health of employees is not only socially responsible but makes business sense too.
By tackling mental health stigma and helping people understand that mental health belongs to everybody, employers will see productivity, staff retention and sickness rates improve – it is an issue that businesses can’t afford to ignore.