Employers across the UK are failing to provide adequate support to employees or equip managers with the skills to help them, found the Mental Health at Work report released this week.
More than three quarters (77%) of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health in their lives, and managers are underequipped and unsupported to respond to mental health in work. Managers do want to help - 76% believe that staff wellbeing is their responsibility, yet 80% say organisational barriers prevent them from delivering on this.
We at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England are calling on employers to find out how they can support the mental wellbeing of their staff.
Despite all the good work that’s being done to normalise conversations around mental health, stigma does still exist, which makes it hard for people to feel that they can talk openly about their mental wellbeing, particularly in the workplace. It’s vital that that more is done to encourage discussions about mental health, between colleagues and also between staff and their managers.
To help tackle the stigma, MHFA England is calling on everyone to ‘Take 10 Together’ and have a 10 minute conversation with a friend, family member, or colleague about mental health.
We all have mental health just as we have physical health, but it can seem more difficult to spot the signs of mental ill health – these are some things to look out for: