World Mental Health Day 2018 is upon us, October 10, is a day to raise awareness towards mental health, rather than shy away into the background and try to remain unnoticed. To help raise awareness of the cause that affects so many of us in one way or another, we have been through the PA Life archives to find the 10 most relevant articles related to mental health.
Almost 1 in 3 have experienced mental health issues while in employment
According to research in July 2016 by the CIPD, the number of people saying that they have experienced mental health issues while in employment has climbed from a quarter to a third over the last five years. Despite this, the majority of employees still don’t feel that people experiencing mental health issues are supported well enough at work.
127 million hours of sick leave taken in 2015 due to mental health problems
The data, which studied sickness absence in the UK from 2013 to 2015 inclusively, also found that musculoskeletal, neck and back pain were top factors in employee absence amongst large corporates and small businesses.
A quarter of Brits embarrassed to talk about mental health issues at work
A sizeable proportion of employees diagnosed with or treated for a mental health related condition feel they are treated differently by their manager (27%) or by colleagues (22%) compared with those who have a physical or visible illness.
Men more likely to experience mental health problems in work than woman
‘Macho culture’ in the workplace could be responsible for nearly a third of men suffering from poor mental health, according to new studies. Research by Mind has revealed that men are more than twice as likely to experience mental health in the office than they are socially, and are more than 50% more likely to be affected than women.
Are you comfortable discussing mental health? PA Life readers respond
The results of our twitter poll revealed that nearly half of you would never discuss mental health at work, although 56% did reveal they’re more than comfortable to bring up their troubles with colleagues. 11% of respondents didn’t feel the need to mention mental health at all in the office, while nobody would turn to HR if they felt they wanted someone to turn to.
UK employees can’t identify mental health symptoms, resulting in treatment delays
Mental health misconceptions are causing one in four UK workers to delay seeking help, according to a new report by Bupa and Mental Health First Aid. The study examined employees’ understanding of key psychological and behavioural symptoms of six of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK, as well as identifying widely-held misconceptions.
Can working as a remote freelancer actually damage your mental health?
One can be the loneliest number — many UK freelancers feel lonely and isolated following leap to self-employment. Half of workers are expected to go freelance by 2020, however, despite the many highs to working solo, there are some surprising lows according to a new Epson EcoTank survey.
Personal stylist Lauren Manville to offer advice during mental health week event earlier in the year
Personal stylist Lauren Manville will be speaking along with other well-being practitioners at an event for NatWest Boost during Mental Health Week (May 14th-24th).
Bupa outlines new mental health advantage policy
Bupa has launched an extensive mental health cover for businesses and their employers, which will help provide employees with support and treatment to manage all long-term mental health issues. Dubbed Business Mental Health Advantage, the new policy will provide cover for mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar and anxiety.
Mental health proves number one concern for UK CEO’s
This suggests that by the early 2020s more than three-quarters of UK companies will have a defined mental health strategy.