HRH Duke of Cambridge backs Mental Health at Work gateway

HRH Duke of Cambridge backs Mental Health at Work gateway


In a recent survey of 44,000 employees by Mind, it showed that 48% of all people surveyed said they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job. That’s a significant statistic.

And with only 50% of those who had experienced poor mental health feeling they could talk to their employer about it, it doesn’t take a maths whizz to figure out that 25% of UK workers are suffering in silence.

These results were revealed to coincide with the launch of a new Mental Health at Work gateway – a free UK-wide resource for both employers and employees – which brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

It’s been widely researched that managers who know their employer actively supports mental well-being (and builds their skills in understanding how to deal with it), would feel far more confident in promoting staff wellbeing. Which in turn, would help employees feel able to disclose. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

On another note, research by the CBI found that 63% of businesses saw workplace health and wellbeing as an important issue, but most find it difficult to take practical actions because they need the resources and support to help them do it.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind said, “We are really proud to be involved in this piece of work, which offers a one-stop shop for anyone looking to improve mental wellbeing in their workplace and support staff with mental health problems. We know that employers want to do more and are starting to see mental health as a priority, but often don’t know where to start. The new online Mental Health at Work gateway will change that.

“Over the last few years employers have begun to take staff wellbeing more seriously and we know that many are doing great work around mental health in the workplace. Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work. All employers need to make it a focus and support their staff.

“It’s clear from our research that when employers support their managers properly, it can make a big difference to the whole organisation. The gateway gives managers the tools they need.

“Even small changes to policy, approach and workplace culture can make a really big difference to the mental health of those around us. No matter the size of your workplace, and no matter where you work, Mental Health at Work can help you find what you need to start or continue your journey to better workplace wellbeing for everyone.”

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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