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Brands and media tackle mental health

16 May 2018

Absenteeism is a growing issue for businesses: approximately 743,000 employees in the United Kingdom have taken long-term absence in the last 12 months due to mental health issues.

"Good mental health is essential for our wellbeing and for a strong, happy and productive workplace", he said.

The measures will be led by mental health charity Samaritans, which will also be training volunteers with military experience to address issues in a military environment. This suggests that as a region, trust between line managers and teams is slightly stronger than the national picture, where 40 per cent would trust a manager with this sort of issue.

Investors in People chief executive Paul Devoy said lost productivity stemming from poor mental health could cost the economy nearly £100bn a year.

Antek Lejk, NSFT chief executive, said: "The service provides patients with safe, high quality and responsive care, and this closer partnership working is vital to ensuring people are seen in the whole and that their mental health as well as their physical health needs can be supported immediately".

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59% say their organisation has a supportive framework in place to recruit employees with mental health issues and 60% to retain people with a disability or long-term health condition.

Young people also said they need to be taken seriously and not feel judged for seeking help, according to the findings.

19% would not want to hire someone with a declared mental illness, more so in bigger firms.

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Stress: Is Modern Life the Problem?'. Alost four in five said the support of an effective manager plays a significant part in their management of stress levels and mental wellbeing.

The survey - commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation - also found that nearly a third of people (32 per cent) had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of stress.

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Amid this, 68 per cent think employers should do more to improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace.

If there is a problem, the next step is to get professional help. Due to the patterned nature of mental health disorders, symptoms can rise and fall with different periods in life.

Spearheaded by Radiocentre and Radio Academy and executed by content agency Somethin' Else, the Mental Health Awareness minute, which falls in Mental Health Awareness Week, is supported by the Royal Foundation's Heads Together which was launched to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

Researchers who carried out a detailed study found in excess of nine million workers would "dread" discussing their mental wellbeing with their superior.

The MoD has announced a package of support including training in listening skills for serving personnel and families, and a confidential webchat service for those on operations overseas.

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Brands and media tackle mental health