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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

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Working parents fear for children’s mental health

A third of working parents have worried about their child’s mental health at work. Research, conducted among working parents of 4-18 year olds reveals that children’s mental health is among parents’ greatest concerns, on par with physical health and academic performance. The only concern that ranks higher is future financial prospects.

Contributor: Pablo Vandenabeele | Published: 28 October 2018

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Managers not trained to spot mental health issues

Just 17 percent of UK managers feel “very confident” in ability to support colleagues experiencing mental health issues. A shocking proportion of managers in the UK workforce have never received training to equip them with the skills needed to spot mental health issues.

Contributor: Clare Porciani | Published: 17 September 2018

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The growing trend of duvet days

A recent study into ‘duvet days’ suggests that employees are feeling increasingly stressed, with 61% admitting that they have taken a ‘duvet day’ from work in order to recuperate. Bed and sleep specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has considered the benefits of duvet days and found that they’re more important than you might think to your employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

Contributor: Jonathan Warren | Published: 18 July 2018

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UK Facing ‘Unmanageable Stress’

In the UK, more than a quarter (26 percent) of stress sufferers report work as the reason. Other typical sources of stress such as finances, family issues and health problems cause people in the UK less stress than their working lives. The 2018 Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey explores concerns and perceptions about well-being in 23 countries and territories around the world.

Contributor: Phil Austen | Published: 13 July 2018