The annual CIPD survey which released its findings in conjunction with world mental health day, has report that over the past 12 months nearly 50 percent of UK companies have seen an increase in reported mental health problems – specifically depression and anxiety which are both directly linked to workplace stress.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the level of workplace mental health difficulties has increased, and although on the surface it appears that we are more open to talking about mental health – within the workplace this is still a taboo subject. Roughly 39% of individuals will report mental health difficulties to their line managers compared to 77% who report physical difficulties. It is most certainly true that this figure will continue to rise if things stay as they are.
What was startling was the admission of 28% of private sector organisations that they aren’t taking any action to support their employees. By investing in leadership development training that incorporates stress management, and mental health awareness the numbers of individuals suffering from stress, and the associated mental health difficulties will drastically decrease. Organisations which continue to bury their heads in the sand will unfortunately exacerbate the issue.