Almost half of workers have faced mental health problems at work
September 12, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid and Alex Youngs
A study by mental health charity Mind has revealed that 48% of UK workers have faced mental health issues in their current role.
The survey of over 44,000 employees also showed that only half of those who had experienced mental health issues at work had discussed this with their employer, suggesting that up to one in four workers in the UK is suffering in silence.
The survey results come as the Duke of Cambridge and Mind launch the ‘Mental Health at Work’online platform, with the support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations. The free resource provides information, advice, resources and training that can be utilised in the workplace in order to improve employee wellbeing.
Speaking after the research was published, Paul Farmer, Mind’s Chief Executive, said: ‘It’s clear from our research that when employers support their managers properly, it can make a big difference to the whole organisation.’
He added: ‘Even small changes to policy, approach and workplace culture can make a really big difference to the mental health of those around us. No matter the size of your workplace, and no matter where you work, Mental Health at Work can help you find what you need to start or continue your journey to better workplace wellbeing for everyone.’
A report published this week by Young Minds has revealed that more than three quarters of young people waiting for mental health treatment get worse before seeing a doctor.
The report found that 76% of parents and carers thought their child’s mental health had deteriorated while waiting to access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). For children who had waited more than six months, 86% of parents believed their child’s mental health had worsened.
The report states that due to the high waiting times to see CAHMS, young people and their parents are being left to ‘fend for themselves’.
Between 2017 and 2018, over half of young people who asked for help had waited more than four months to receive treatment.
The Chief Executive for Young Minds, Emma Thomas, said: ‘We hear every day from young people, who have been left waiting for support while their problems have got worse.
‘Some tell us that they’ve started to self-harm, become suicidal, or dropped out of school because they can’t get the help they need.’
Young Minds say there is a need for investment in mental health crisis services, and a 24 hour ‘crisis hotline’ for young people to get advice, support and urgent professional help.
SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to invest £60 million in school mental health services, with every secondary school in Scotland set to provide mental health counselling for pupils.
According to the BBC, the investment will enable 350 counsellors and a further 250 nurses to be employed ‘to ensure every secondary school has a counselling service.’
The proposals also include plans to offer teachers first aid training and to set up a mental welling service for five to 24 year olds. For those with severe mental health problems, there will be a fast-track system to ensure access to specialist help.
Speaking as she launched the policy, Sturgeon argued the funding package ‘underlines the commitment of this government to ensuring that our health services value and support mental wellbeing just as much physical wellbeing.’
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