Mental health problems are believed to be experienced by one in six adults, with mental health concerns being the second most prevalent reason for employee absence. ‘Mental health problems’ can include signs of stress and anxiety, and mental health conditions that have been diagnosed by a medical professional, such as depression or PTSD.
The prevalence of mental health problems pre-pandemic were on the rise, the effects of the pandemic itself have undoubtedly accelerated this rise.
Engaged and healthy employees will have a positive impact on any business which is why employers should be committed to providing initial, and ongoing, support and help for employees going through mental health problems. Employers should create an open and honest workplace where line managers and employees can discuss mental health problems, and ensure the necessary support is known and offered to employees when needed.
Employers also have an obligation to ensure that health and safety legislation is adhered to: to create a safe workplace where risks to mental health and wellbeing are limited as far as possible. Furthermore, an employer should be aware that an employee with a disability (into which Mental Health problems can fall) is protected against discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 which includes the obligation for employers to introduce reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
Employers should consider implementing a Menal Health Policy so all employees are aware how the business intends to create an honest and open workplace.
If you want any assistance with implementing a policy or if you require assistance with a mental health issue of a current employee do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 03332005153 or complete the contact form here.