The Changing Attitudes Towards Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month

We think it’s important to discuss the poor state of mental health support but also the change in attitudes towards it…

There’s been a large rise in mental health problems within the UK. Statistics show that 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems and that 41% of HR professionals are expecting to see an increase in demand for mental health support from employees. It’s evident that more support needs to be available within the workplace, especially with NHS and external mental health support struggles.

Whether employees are suffering from burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions, all should have access to the support they need so that not only do they feel good within themselves, but also at work. Currently with a lack of support, there’s a high risk of absenteeism and presenteeism, which generally impacts the productivity and performance of an organisation overall. Research shows that workplace mental health issues cost UK employers around £56 billion a year and 37% of employers have reported a higher level of presenteeism in the last year.

Steps to improve the mental wellbeing of staff with an Occupational Health programme

This highlights how crucial it is to tackle poor mental health as it will help the already suffering UK economy as well as individuals who are struggling and increasingly getting worse through presenteeism and a lack of support. With recent government announcements and plans from the Prime Minister, now more than ever there’s a huge need for occupational health support. Why? because it’s an extremely effective solution to the UK’s mental health and sickness level crisis.

There has also been a small shift in attitudes towards seeking support for mental health. There seems to be less stigma in the workplace - whether this is due to the extreme levels of poor mental health, NHS being at its breaking point, or just societal changes, it’s a very much welcomed change. Statistically, the number of employees seeking mental health and wellbeing support has increased, particularly with men, and this is a positive step towards tackling poor mental health. Ultimately, it highlights the large need for more workplace support.

That’s where UKIM Occupational Health & Wellbeing can help. Having external mental health and wellbeing support takes the pressure off HR and managers. With extensive support covering wellbeing strategies, 24/7 help, and clinical interventions, staff can thrive with better mental health. With staff being more open and eager to have support, it’s more important than ever to make sure that support and level of care is available.