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Stigma around mental health fuelling “unexplained” sick days

A new report from Breathe, commissioned to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 reveals British workers are still uncomfortable disclosing mental health issues or burnout, as nearly a quarter (23 percent) admit they would rather take an unexplained sick day than discuss their issues with their employers.

Contributor: Jonathan Richards | Published: 7 June 2019

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Younger employees more likely to suffer poor mental wellbeing

In the workplace young staff are more likely to feel: That they do not receive respect from colleagues; Experience strained relationships at work; Have a lack of clarity on duties and responsibilities.  The research shows that new entrants to the job market are the hardest hit 

Contributor: Neville Koopowitz | Published: 4 June 2019

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UK professionals struggling with mental health are failing to use company support

Research by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that three quarters of professionals in Banking & Financial Services, Commerce & Industry and Professional Services who feel they may have a mental health issue are reluctant to make use of support provided by employers.

Contributor: Andrea Webb | Published: 22 May 2019

Video : Mental health and the workplace from a place of honesty

In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May) is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond.

Contributor: Andrew Fox - Business Transformation Network | Published: 17 May 2019

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Corporate apathy about mental health remains 

This corporate apathy felt by employees arrives at a time when awareness of mental health issues in the UK is on the rise. 80 percent of respondents said they had noticed an overall increase in awareness of mental health generally in the UK.

Contributor: Rebekah Tapping | Published: 8 February 2019

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The startling truth about Student and grad mental

A report from the CMHA has revealed worrying stats about the mental health of students and graduates in the UK. Of the 519 UK graduates and students surveyed planning to apply for a job within financial, legal and professional services in this country, 69 percent described themselves as having experienced rare to severe mental health issues.

Contributor: Patrick Watt | Published: 3 January 2019

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Students and grads concerned about work-impacted mental health

With the Christmas holiday approaching, new data on UK student and graduate mental health has identified that those early in their careers feel they would be expected to regularly check in with their employers outside of working hours. Contributor Poppy Jaman OBE, CEO - City Mental Health Alliance and Nick Syson, Partner - Linklaters.

Contributor: Poppy Jaman | Published: 26 December 2018

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Concerns about use of workplace volunteers to tackle mental health

Experts caution there is no ‘magic bullet’ for improving mental health in the workplace. Any ‘mental health first aid’ provision must be part of a wider system of employee support. Fresh concerns about how businesses use employees to support colleagues with mental health issues have prompted new guidance for bosses.

Contributor: Duncan Spencer | Published: 25 December 2018

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Debt, relationship breakup and bullying top mental health concerns

Debt, separation and bullying are the personal issues of most concern to employers when it comes to employee mental health, according to Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions (NYSE: AON).

Contributor: Charles Alberts | Published: 9 December 2018

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Lower paid workers fear discussing mental health issues

Workers on lower salaries feel less comfortable talking to their employer about mental health. The research, which surveyed 3,000 UK employees, found that for those in the earnings bracket of £20,000 - £30,000 a year (into which the average UK salary falls), just two in five (40 percent) said they would be happy talking about mental health at work.

Contributor: Laura Matthews | Published: 23 November 2018