Mental Health : An Individual 's Psychological And Emotional Wellbeing

1411 WordsDec 16, 20146 Pages
Mental health refers to an individual’s psychological and emotional wellbeing (World Health Organisation, 2014). With over 25 million UK residents (Mental Health Foundation, 1999) spending a large majority of their time at work, it is important that concerns for a person’s welfare extend to the workplace. Every year mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression affect 1 in 6 British employees (Mental Health Foundation, 1999). Despite this, a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) survey of over 800 companies found that only 1 in 10 of these companies had an official mental health policy (Mental Health Foundation, 1999). Mental health, it appears, is still a taboo subject in the workplace. Studies have shown that only 36% of employees would feel comfortable talking to their manager or boss about a mental health issue (Ref,). Many fear that admitting to such an illness would limit their opportunities for promotion and result in a lower salary. To an extent, this is true as managers are poorly rated on effectively managing mental health issues. Furthermore, many employers vastly underestimate the impact of mental health problems in the workplace and the potential consequences that it can have, not only to the individual but also to the productivity of their organization (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2007; Shaw Trust, 2010). Every year, mental health in the workplace is costing the UK economy approximately £26 billion due to staff turnover,
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