Work and Wellbeing · 22 November 2018

Mental health issues affecting personal and working lives of almost all UK employees

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Half of the workers felt that raising a concern about their mental health might negatively affect their career
Mental health issues are being experienced by almost every UK employee confounding beliefs that it only affects a minority of people.

A new Accenture study revealed that two-thirds of workers have personally experienced mental health challenges with 85% saying someone close to them such as a family member, close friend or colleague has suffered from them.

That, added Accenture, is far more than the often-cited figure of one in four people suffering from mental health problems.

For three-quarters of workers, mental health challenges either their own or those of others have affected their ability to enjoy life, with 30% reporting they are “occasionally, rarely or never” able to enjoy and take part fully in everyday life.

Over three-quarters of the workers surveyed said they were more willing to speak openly about their mental health issues now than they were just a few years ago.

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However, the workplace has failed to keep pace, as only one in four respondents said they had seen any positive change in employees speaking openly about mental health in their organizations. Just one in five reported an improvement in workplace training to help manage their own mental health or to help them support colleagues dealing with mental health challenges.

“Were used to hearing that one in four people experience mental health challenges, yet our research shows that the number of people affected is in fact far higher, ” said Barbara Harvey, a managing director at Accenture and mental health lead for the company’s business in the U.K.

“it’s clear that mental health is not a minority issue; it touches almost all employees and can affect their ability to perform at work and live life to the fullest.”



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