This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and with statistics stating that 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year and that 91 million working days a year are lost to mental ill-health it makes sense that employers are finally engaging at scale in ways to improve their services.
A number of our clients have recognised the need to attend to the mental health of their employees including National Grid, Anglian Water – Love Every Drop and Royal Mail by signing the Time to Change pledge with the charity Mind last year.
Time to Change has been noted as England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.
Now Business in the Community has released Mental Health: We're Ready to Talk - One year on report to highlight the commitment made by many to create a positive culture of wellbeing.
These organisations have a unique opportunity to engage their employees and have a responsibility to invest in programmes or provide toolkits to make it easier for people to talk about their issues and gain access to the support of those around them much earlier.
We need to ensure that employers have a holistic health and wellbeing strategy that looks at both physical and mental wellbeing in order to provide a happy and healthy workforce for the future. It’s something we’re really passionate about and we look forward to supporting our current and future clients with addressing this important issue.