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Oct 28, 2017, 01:06

A major review into mental health in the workplace has found that around a sixth of those who work in England have symptoms of a mental health problem.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, led the report alongside former HBOS chairman Lord Stevenson. Not only is there a big human cost of poor mental health at work but the authors estimate that employers are now losing £42billion each year due to staff suffering from mental health problems and being less productive, less effective, or off sick, while the annual cost to the United Kingdom economy as a whole is up to £99 billion.

It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to United Kingdom businesses and the economy as a whole. These cover mental health at work plans, mental health awareness for employees, line management responsibilities and routine monitoring of staff mental health and wellbeing.

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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.

It also found that people with long term mental health problems were leaving their jobs double the rate of their colleagues. A report by Business in the Community, in partnership with MHFA England and Mind, found that as many as 1.2 million United Kingdom employees have faced demotion, disciplinary or dismissal, after disclosing their mental health issues at work.

'It is only by making this an everyday concern for everyone that we change the way we see mental illness so that striving to improve your mental health, whether at work or at home, is seen as just as positive as improving our physical wellbeing'.

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The exercise involved screenings, blood pressure test, mental health assessment surrounding anxiety, depression, alcoholism and a mental health talk. It includes research by audit firm Deloitte on costs to employers and the state. For some, this is a short-term problem and they can continue at work, or return to work after sickness absence, with appropriate support. Anything which can be done to reduce the use of formal procedures is to be welcomed; all employers and HR officers should be giving serious thought to implementing the six core standards around mental health proposed in the Thriving at Work report.

Under the Equality Act (2010), your employer has a legal duty to make "reasonable adjustments" to your work.

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