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Half of UK workers have experienced poor mental health in current job, reveals new study

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Half of workers have experienced poor health in current job, shows new study

A major study into workplace wellbeing by Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread – with half (48%) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The research comes as the Duke of Cambridge and Mind launch online Mental Health at Work gateway to help workplaces improve staff wellbeing.

The survey of over 44,000 employees also revealed that just half of those who had experienced poor mental health has talked to their employer about it.

This leads to the suggestion that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

Mental health charity Mind – with support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations – has created the UK-wide Mental Health at Work portal as a free resource for both employers and employees.

The gateway brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

In-depth analysis of the survey has revealed that offering managers proper support can make a huge difference. 

Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively built their skills in supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing,

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.

'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.'

Mental Health at Work can be found here. The 11 partners involved are Heads Together, CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the City Mental Health Alliance, Mental Health First Aid England, the Work and Health Unit, Public Health England, NCVO, The Work Foundation, Time to Change and the Institute of Directors.