Some Advice for World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

We are finding that every week we are helping clients more and more with mental health issues in relation to their employees.

The estimated cost to employers in the UK of employees with mental health issues is estimated to be between £33 billion and £42 billion each year. A study carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development highlighted the impact that mental ill health can have on businesses finding that:
  • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.
So, what can you as an employer do to promote positive mental health in your workplace?

Demonstrating that you are proactive in promoting positive mental health can be enormously beneficial to your business. Employees who have good mental health are far more likely to perform well, have little or no sickness absence and be engaged in their work and with their colleagues.

It’s a difficult subject to tackle. Employers must be able to recognise the signs in an employee, know how to speak to them about their concerns and know where to signpost them for professional support.

Crispin Rhodes can support you as all of our HR Consultants have been trained by Mental Health First Aid England in mental health first aid.

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