Taking positive steps to help employees
We want this to change, which is why we’ve launched a new partnership with Mental Health UK – a network of four national charities working across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to improve the lives of people with mental illness. Our aim is to better understand the positive steps we can take to support our employees.
As a first step, businesses need to send a clear signal to staff that mental health is an issue they take seriously and being open about it will lead to support, not discrimination. By creating a culture of openness, employers can encourage staff to raise issues and concerns early so that the right support can be provided before they develop into something more serious. Raising awareness about different mental illnesses and the related symptoms could also help employees to identify when they or a colleague might be suffering from a mental illness. Worryingly, our research found that a third of workers exhibit mental health problems without even realising.