Mental health in the work place.
Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace, it is the leading cause of sickness absence. 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK.
It’s vital that we address mental health at work for the people with existing issues and for those at risk. A toxic work environment can be corrosive for our mental health. Workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are much more productive and by addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity.
Whether work is causing somebody a mental health issue or maybe just aggravating it, all employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. Work-related mental health issues must be assessed to measure the levels of risk to other colleges or members of staff. When a risk is identified steps must be taken to remove or reduce issues as far as possible.
Mental health also has an impact on an organisation’s productivity and profitability, absence from work due to mental health issues is thought to cost the UK economy billions per year.
In October 2018, Sir Vince Cable warned mental health is costing the UK more than Brexit. Mental health issues can appear as the result of experiences in both our personal and working lives, or like a physical illness, can just happen.
Cost to businesses.
According to the Centre for mental health, the financial overall cost to British businesses in regards to mental health issues is an estimated £33 to 42 billion per year, positive steps will help improve management of mental health in the workplace, this can enable employers to save at least 30% of the cost of lost production and staff turnover.
A successful approach for organisations is to work along side their employees to encourage the awareness and to change the approach and stigma around mental health.
How Aligned Minds can help.
Aligned Minds can offer you a consultation bespoke to your organisations requirements. Our workshops will be delivered in house at your place of work. We will help you to identify strategies to support your organisations wellbeing agenda.
Our Workshops aim to provide basic mental health awareness. We will explore the myths, prevalence, trends and inequalities in mental health. We will look at the cause, symptoms and treatment for common mental health problems. Participants will not only gain insight into their own mental health resilience but also know how to support others.
With our knowledge and experience Aligned Minds can help prevent mental ill health by raising awareness and breaking down the barriers that prevent people from seeking support.
We believe that mental health resilience can improve simply by having the confidence to start a conversation. We are encouraging employers to provide robust mental health support through positive culture and sign posting available resources.
Are mental health problems common?
Mental health is just like our physical health, we all have it and we need to take care of it whether or not we suffer from a mental health issue.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report they are experiencing a common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. these are reported in any given week.
In England every seven years a survey is completed to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems. The last published survey was in 2016. Reported figures are in the chart below:
Percentage per 100 people (2016)
Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in every 100 people
Generalised anxiety disorder 5.9 in every 100 people
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4.4 in every 100 people
Depression 3.3 in every 100 people
Phobias 2.4 in every 100 people
OCD 1.3 in every 100 people
Panic disorder 0.6 in every 100 people
- Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in every 100 people
- Generalised anxiety disorder 5.9 in every 100 people
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4.4 in every 100 people
- Depression 3.3 in every 100 people
- Phobias 2.4 in every 100 people
- OCD 1.3 in every 100 people
- Panic disorder 0.6 in every 100 people
Guide to mental health problems.
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, but can also arise from something happening right now.
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) is a mood disorder. Symptoms are extreme mood swings from high to low.
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the mind and brain but it is also highly treatable – yet the facts around it make for alarming reading.
Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. When your body detects stress, a small region in the base of the brain called the hypothalamus reacts by stimulating the body to produce hormones that include adrenaline and cortisol.
Information provided by the mental health foundation