Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

Only half of those who had experienced problems with stress, anxiety or low mood had talked to their employer about it.

Almost 1,500 emergency service workers across Yorkshire had to take time off work for stress, anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2017/18, a four-year high.

At the launch of the Mental Health At Work initiative, he said: "If we are going to improve the mental health of our nation, we need to improve things at work". This results in an average of 24 days lost per worker.

"I took a lot home without realising it, " William told the crowd at the event.

The Duke of Cambridge will be unveiling the website today at an event in Bristol.

The project is run by Mind and Heads Together, the foundation set up by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

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Farmer added on the dedication that not just Prince William, but all the Royals, have to mental health awareness: "My firm belief is that all of [the royals] and particularly the Duke - in this context - have done a lot of background work and really thought about this issue and their commitment is 100 per cent real".

But being a supportive manager can make a huge difference.

The next phase of the programme will be the provision of online learning materials for employees, created to arm them with the skills they need to help themselves.

"The Mental Health at Work website will help employers to get started, whatever their size - and I know what a godsend that will be for other employers and employees alike".

A study conducted by Deloitte last year also showed that "mental health issues cost United Kingdom employers between £33 billion and £42 billion each year".

It found that up to five million workers in Britain will experience a mental health issue this year.

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