FTSE 100 firms focusing on mental health see financial results

A way to combat the stigma

A way to combat the stigma

Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt said: "Building on the plans laid out in our Mental Health Strategy, this £500,000 funding package will help NHS 24 to improve their mental health services, whether online or via telephone".

"On World Mental Health Day, we will be delivering relaxing chi me exercise sessions for staff at a number of council facilities".

The report from Badenoch & Clark, part of the Adecco Group, surveyed 1,027 workers to find out what employers could do to create a more positive attitude towards mental health challenges in the workplace.

"The importance of raising awareness and encouraging open, honest conversations about mental health in the workplace can not be understated", said Legal & General chief executive Nigel Wilson, who is holding a mental health forum next week.

Doctors from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have also said that the research is important to highlight the serious problem of mental health stigma among older people.

"It provides a place where people can access support and information before they reach crisis", says Minister Hunt.

Some members of the new community will pay attention to mental health problems, only when they are facing mental health disorders.

In fact, nearly a quarter of managers polled believe their place of work doesn't have an established procedure to follow for mental health enquiries, and 52 per cent think their workplace could make improvements to current systems and attitudes to take the mental health of workers more seriously.

And according to a separate study, employees feel clear communication that mental health issues are a valid reason for sick leave would make for a more inclusive workplace. While these rates are relatively stable, the absences from the workplace because of mental illness have been increasing steadily over the past decades.

As for leniency surrounding mental health concerns, a fifth of managers thought mental health queries leveraged by top-level members of staff were treated more seriously than concerns raised by lower-level members of staff.

Whether your business is big or small, with three in five employees experiencing mental health issues where work was a related factor, having support available in the workplace is paramount.

We hope that with the support of other mental health organisations, and action from employers, next year's Mental Health at Work Report will demonstrate an uptick in workplace mental wellbeing and that employees will feel better equipped to seek mental health support. "A culture that must be lead from the very top".

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