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UK bosses reporting escalation in workplace mental health issues

According to a new survey,  nearly half of UK bosses have seen an increase in workplace mental health issues. That could explain why wellbeing has become a much bigger talking point, with 43% of employers stating that they’ve witnessed people talking more about their mental health in the last 12 months.

Contributor: Alan Price - Peninsula Group | Published: 29 March 2023

Increasing concern over employee mental health

Among companies of all sizes across the UK, 54% stated that of the four pillars of health and wellbeing, the mental health of their staff is the area about which they are now most concerned.

Contributor: Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 29 March 2023

UK staring down the barrel of a mental health crisis

With 75% of respondents to our survey believing that they have adequate support in place to support the mental health of their employees, it appears that some businesses could simply be treating mental health as a tick box exercise. 

Contributor: Bertrand Stern-Gillet, CEO - Health Assured | Published: 16 March 2023

Levels of EAP usage have hit new highs

The average usage figure among UK employers has now topped 12%, compared with 11.4% last year (and the typical average from previous years of 10.4%).

Contributor: Eugene Farrell, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA UK) | Published: 17 January 2023

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How to turn blue mondays into happy mondays

It’s time to take action – we simply cannot continue doing things the same way. Our statistics indicate that the UK is sitting on a mental health time bomb just waiting to go off. Organisations need to address the topic of mental health head-on in 2023, rather than simply buying into the stigma.

Contributor: Bertrand Stern-Gillet, CEO at Health Assured | Published: 16 January 2023

Opening up about mental health is the best way to improve it

New research from Koa Health finds that 70% of companies believe mental health will improve in 2023 as they plan to become more open about mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Contributor: Dr Oliver Harrison and Koa Health | Published: 5 January 2023

Rate of male suicide is rising – what must be done?

The latest figures show that around three quarters of suicides are male, and since 2010, the highest suicide rates each year have been in males aged 45 to 64 years. Employers need to be aware of the demographics that need the most support when considering their health and wellbeing strategies.

Contributor: Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 15 November 2022

One-in-three businesses are ‘wellbeing-washing’

Seven in 10 (71%) workplaces celebrate mental health awareness days or weeks, despite just a third (36%) of organisations’ mental health support being deemed ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by their employees, highlighting a significant ‘wellbeing gap’, found the survey of 1,000 people in employment by Claro Wellbeing.

Contributor: Stacey Lowman - Claro Wellbeing | Published: 12 November 2022

What impact is cost of living crisis having on mental wellbeing?

For some, money worries about rising prices and soaring energy bills are exacerbating mental health issues. Research this year by The Money and Mental Health Institute[iv] found that half (54%) of UK adults say they have felt anxious because of higher prices, while one in five (21%) have felt unable to cope and those already struggling with their mental health and finances are most affected.

Contributor: Leo Savage, Global Wellbeing Consultant - Howden | Published: 22 October 2022

Why is mental health support falling short?

Mental health is a multi-faceted area of health and wellbeing, and by its nature that calls for a multi-faceted approach if the support is going to be effective. The default option for many may be to offer access to counselling, but this isn’t going to be right for everyone, and if that’s all that’s offered, it may well fall short.

Contributor: Christine Husbands, Managing Director - RedArc | Published: 20 October 2022