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 Mental Health affects 1 in 4 adults each year and as we recover from the pandemic, this is expected to rise. Mental health affects how we think, behave and feel. Work-related stress can negatively affect mental health. Although it’s normal to experience stress in the workplace at times, prolonged or high levels of stress can lead to employees developing mental ill-health and emotional distress. 

Employee Counselling Service
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Early Intervention

The most common mental health problems are anxiety and depression. Mental health problems are common, and most are mild, short term and with self-help tools and professional therapies, people can return to positive mental health. Early intervention makes recovery more likely and saves lives. 

Prevention

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year. But for every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions, they get back £5 in reduced absence, presenteeism, and staff turnover (Deloitte, 2020). In 2018, the Health Minister announced the nation’s vision towards prevention being better than cure citing Mental Health First Aid training in the government’s vision. 

Government Guidance 

The government-commissioned report ‘Thriving at work’ sets out a framework of actions called ‘Core Standards’ which recommend employers of all sizes can and should put in place. The standards have been designed to help employers improve the mental health of their workforce. 

Resources to promote wellbeing in the workplace

Employer Responsibility

Work-related stress can lead to or exacerbate existing mental ill-health and emotional distress if not supported effectively. Employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees and take steps to reduce and monitor the risk of prolonged work-related stress.

Legal Requirements

Where employees have a pre-existing physical or mental health condition or develop these whilst working in their roles, employers have further legal requirements to make reasonable adjustments under the equality’s legislation

Government Core Standards

The government-commissioned report ‘Thriving at work’ sets out a framework of actions called ‘Core Standards’ which recommend employers of all sizes can and should put in place. The standards have been designed to help employers improve the mental health of their workforce.