Mental Health Awareness

Posted on 16 May 2018 by You HR

In 2016/17, the HSE (Health, Safety Executive) research showed that 12.5 million working days lost due to individuals experiencing work-related mental ill health (namely stress, depression or anxiety)  with 526,000 people (40% of all work-related illness) in the UK reporting work-related stress at a level they believed was making them unwell.

Psychological problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, are behind one in five visits to a GP.

In 2018 for Mental Health Awareness Week, the focus is on stress, with The Mental Health Foundation reporting that over the last year 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they have felt overwhelmed, unable to cope, and a number of individuals’ reporting that their stress levels have led them to feeling depressed. Research by Mind has found that work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives, with one in three people saying their work life was either very or quite stressful, more so than financial problems or health. The survey also found that workplace stress has resulted in 7% having suicidal thoughts and one in five people developing anxiety.

74% of people are so stressed they can't cope


The evidence is there, so what can we do about it?

Workload, lack of managerial support and organisational change are the primary causative factors that lead to stress according to the HSE. Our research has also identified; long commutes, unsociable working hours, problems with finances or unexpected life events are some of the most common reasons why people are getting stressed. Although stress is a normal part of life, if it becomes long term it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health.

By tackling stress employers can do so much to proactively raise mental health awareness and support those in the work place that experience mental ill health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, prevent more tragic circumstance that may lead to self-harm or even and suicide.

The Mental Health Foundation provides an easy way for employers to engage with the resources they have made available to tackle stress and help improve our mental health and wellbeing.

1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems

This week as ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ is a great opportunity to start the conversation with your staff about mental health and stress in the workplace and raise awareness for managers about the signs and symptoms of mental ‘ill’ health, equipping them with training so they can support staff.

The day-to-day demands and pressures of work should not be a barrier to good mental health. If you want to attract and retain committed employees, prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of your staff needs to be core business in your organisation. You can make this happen by working with your employees to create a workplace and culture where everyone feels valued and supported.


How You can help you

At You HR Consultancy where our strap line is ‘it’s all about the people’ ensures that our service offering will be able to support you and your organisation in identifying and supporting those staff that you rely on a daily basis. You HR Consultancy is able to offer you support and guidance regarding your employee’s health and wellbeing through our individualised organisational ‘healthcheck’ and service offering that is tailored to meet your individual organisations requirements.

You HR Consultancy offer a range of interventions within our Workplace Wellbeing Service Line including workplace wellness strategies, engaging and involving your people, employee assistance programmes and bespoke counselling.

Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you.


Article by Jonna Mundy, Founder & CEO, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week find out more here

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