A report commissioned by Theresa May showed that up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, with a cost to the economy of up to £99bn over the same period.
The Thriving at Work report outlined that mental health is still a taboo at work, and that more should be done to support those suffering, with suggestions to employers including to encourage open conversation, provide good working conditions, and to routinely monitor employee mental health.
You can read the full article here, but what's your stance on this? Should employers do more to support their employees mental health? If you're in work yourself, does your company do enough around mental health?
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- 26-10-2017 11:37
- 28-10-2017 02:06
This report doesn't surprise me though there is still a lot of stigma against mental health problems and a lot of people still seem to have the idea that people with them just need to pull themselves together. I found out today that in the UK only around 8% of people with schizophrenia are employed so while it sounds pretty bad that 300,000 people lose their jobs each year an even bigger number don't even have jobs to begin with. The costs associated with this are huge, I think it's good it's being addressed by the Conservatives.
On a personal level, I have no idea about my company's mental health policy, it's not something I would feel comfortable discussing with my employer. Something I am finding difficult is juggling my job with my psychiatrist and psychologist appointments. I think for many of those 300,000 people they may have similar problems. Community psychiatrists don't do evening or weekend appointments so people have to go during work and, on the NHS especially, it can be hard to schedule these so they don't interfere too much. I know my boss is starting to get irritated with me having frequent appointments.
- 28-10-2017 14:26
Doesn’t surprise me at all mental illness rates are rapidly rising and have been for a long time now.
Getting rid of stigma helps, but what we really need are comprehensive services for mental health and instant access to them.
That’s without talking about what business can do and the appalling progress in creating new treatments