Mental Health in the Workplace

2 May, 2017

Mental Health affects us all, whether we notice it or not.


It may surprise you to hear that –


As many as one in 10 people in England will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.1

Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.2

Mental health problems can cost UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.3


How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope during the tougher times.
It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part when it comes to family, workplace, community and friends.


As well as having a huge impact on individual employees, poor mental health has severe impacts upon employers – including increased staff turnover, sickness absence, exhaustion and decreased motivation.


So how can we encourage good mental health?


> By Creating a Healthy Environment

The environment plays a large role in mental health. It’s important for employers to take a look at the lifestyle they’re promoting amongst their workers. Since the majority of people spend approximately one-third of their time at work, it’s vital to ensure the workplace is taking steps to promote good health. Simple ways to adapt a healthy environment include encouraging exercise, allowing time for breaks for socialisation, and by offering stress reduction workshops.


> Helping Workers Identify Mental Health Risks

Many of those with poor mental health suffer in silence. Helping employees recognise their symptoms is one of the most effective ways employers can help. Some people find it difficult to recognise when they are experiencing a mental health problem. Instead, they may associate their symptoms with simply getting older, or assume that their problems are just a normal stress element, and ignore them.


> Assisting Employees in Addressing Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are treatable.
It’s essential that employees are thoroughly supported whilst looking for help. Emotional wellness and treatment policies can ensure employees are able to perform at their best, and allowing an employee to attend therapy appointments during business hours could prevent that employee from having to take time off due to depression.

Leaders tend to ignore employees who are clearly experiencing a mental health problem. Unfortunately, ignoring mental health issues only furthers the stigma. Educating managers on how to address employee mental health can ensure employees feel safe to talk about their concerns and it will increase the likelihood that they’ll access the right resources.


We have a wide range of services that will have a positive impact on the mental health of your staff. We can deliver stress, resilience and positive energy workshops for staff and managers and we can also provide onsite massage and lifestyle-related activities to help support staff within our area.
For more information, see ‘SERVICES
1McManus S, Meltzer H, Brugha T, Bebbington P, Jenkins R (eds), 2009. Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England 2007: results of a household survey. NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care. [online] Available at:
2ONS. (2014). Full Report: Sickness Absence on the Labour Market, February 2014. Retrieved from webarchive. [Accessed 28/07/16].


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