In honour of World Mental Health Day, 10th October, employers everywhere took the opportunity to showcase their dedication to helping and supporting workers who live with mental health issues.
Despite a raised awareness, just 30% of workers feel comfortable and happy speaking to an employer about mental health, according to a report from The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This is despite the fact that one in six of us have suffered from a symptom of mental health in the past week alone – Get Surrey reports.
Speaking on the issue, Fiona Cannon, Responsible Business and Inclusion Director at Lloyds Banking Group, explains how businesses need to be more involved with the cause: “Organisations perform best when they have a focused, engaged and healthy workforce. In support of World Mental Health Day, the Group is supporting communities through its charity partner, Mental Health UK, having raised £3million to date. Our fundraising efforts will create a pioneering Mental Health Money Advice Service as we believe that there is distinct link between mental health and financial hardship, which this advice service aims to address.”
With more and more celebrities and well-known personalities speaking out about their own battles with mental health, the stigma is slowly being broken down. And whilst people seem ready to acknowledge their own mental health issues, they are decidedly less keen to raise the problem with their employer. Charity, Business in the Community in partnership with MHFA England and Mind, found that 1.2 million employees could risk serious repercussions for disclosing a mental health issue.
15% of employees face dismissal, disciplinary action or demotion after disclosing a mental health issue at work. Despite this, 53% of people admitted to feeling comfortable talking about mental health at work.
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