Demand for Mental Health Support Expected to Rise

Improving workplace culture by promoting good mental health

Research shows that 41% of HR professionals are expecting to see an increase in demand for mental health support from employees. This is to be expected after evidence shows a decline in people’s mental health, staff feedback and cultural changes in society (trying to remove the stigma of mental health and support). Here at UKIM Occupational Health & Wellbeing, we offer a suite of services designed to tackle stigma, create a better workplace culture, and most importantly, help employees with their health both mentally and physically.

What triggers poor Mental Health in the workplace?

Poor mental health can be caused by work, whether it be workload, the culture and stigma within the workplace, or other specific stressors. It can also be impacted, through no fault of work itself, but due to personal issues or life events that have taken a negative toll on mental health. This needs to be monitored, and the correct support should be in place so that not only is the quality of work produced at the best standard but also absence can be monitored - which is crucial as poor health and sickness costs the UK economy £43 billion a year.

Within this, around 51% of long-term sick leave is due to stress, depression or anxiety. This supports the notion that HR professionals are expecting an increase in mental health support demand from staff and that there’s a crucial need for mental health support within the workplace.  People can become physically unwell due to their mental health, and they also may struggle to function at work and may need more help to prevent them being off sick. Earlier intervention and support is imperative as it can prevent things from worsening in regards to mental health and business health.

How we help HR teams with mental health support in the workplace

At UKIM Occupational Health & Wellbeing, we aim to better the mental health of employees so that they can thrive, as well as businesses. We do this by opening conversations surrounding mental health, so people feel more comfortable seeking help, as well as offering extensive support packages such as psychological help, 24/7 employee assistance programmes (EAP) and wellbeing strategies.

What are the benefits of our wellbeing support?

  • Reducing absenteeism
  • Improving employee morale
  • Increasing staff productivity
  • Early intervention
  • Support for managers
  • Stronger relationships