Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace

28 October, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Garry Little
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The administrative costs that might be incurred by keeping the employee on the books.

The Government has now announced both the Civil Service and the National Health Service - two of the largest United Kingdom employers - will abide by the report's recommendations.

"Working in schools is an effective way of identifying and working with children and young people's mental health needs and should lead to a more integrated service".

"The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear".

The reviewers are calling on all employers, regardless of size or industry, to adopt six "mental health core standards" that lay the basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health.

PM Theresa May, who commissioned the report at the start of the year, said she has "made it a priority of this government to tackle the injustice of mental illness".

CQC has found that, whilst most specialist services provide good quality care, too many young people find it hard to access services and so, do not receive the care that they need when they need it.

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Around 15% of people in work have symptoms of a mental health condition.

Other recommendations include the creation of an online health and wellbeing portal to help employers access the tools and guidance they need; additional support for small and medium enterprises; the use of digital technology as a means to support those working remotely or in the gig economy; changes to legislation to offer better protection for staff with mental health problems; and measures to ensure that workplace mental health is promoted and enhanced through greater transparency and the role of regulators.

The authors conclude: "At a time when there is a national focus on productivity, the inescapable conclusion is that it is massively in the interest of both employers and Government to prioritise and invest far more in improving mental health".

The Retreat, Nigeria's first objective built mental hospital recently deployed psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, and mental health nurses, in a free mental treatment and awareness forum to mark the World Mental Health Day at the Ikorodu axis of Lagos.

Around 300,000 people with long-term mental health conditions lose their jobs every year.

The report's authors rightly note that individuals with mental ill health and poor well-being, including those with a serious mental health problem, can - with the right support -still be thriving at work and contribute positively to an employer's business.

Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling. For some, this is a short-term problem and they can continue at work, or return to work after sickness absence, with appropriate support.



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