Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, has launched a new Mental Health at Work programme. A new online gateway is being launched today (11 September 18) to help companies improve staff wellbeing, as new research reveals almost half of Brits have experienced mental health problems at work.
Mental health resources for employers and employees
Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. The Mental Health at Work website [ https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/ ] is here to help you find the information and resources you need.
Mental Health at Work is curated by Mind, the mental health charity, and funded by The Royal Foundation as part of their Heads Together campaign. It’s been overseen from the outset by a steering group of key partner organisations.
The resources, views and examples you’ll find here come from a huge range of different organisations from across the UK, from business to charity to government. You can find out more about the resources available here:
Mental health at work research statistics
The website is being launched as a new survey from Mind reveals that almost half (48%) of all people say they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.
A survey of more than 44,000 employees carried out by the charity also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.
The research also found 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.
In addition, a report published today by the CBI found that two in three (63%) of businesses saw workplace health and wellbeing as an important issue, but most find it difficult to take practical actions because they are unclear about what works.
The CBI survey data also reveals that there has been a four-fold increase in the number of UK firms with 5% or more of their workforce disclosing a mental health condition – from 11% in 2013 to 40% in 2017.
Yet more than four in five businesses (84%) say that they feel their employees are less comfortable talking about mental health compared to physical health at work.