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The High Cost Of Poor Mental Health In The Workplace

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Poor mental health at work costs UK businesses up to £45 billion a year, new research has found, and it’s presenteeism, not absences, that is having the biggest impact. According to the report from Deloitte and mental health charity Mind, presenteeism – defined as employees turning up for work despite feeling unwell – costs UK employers between £26 billion and …

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Why It’s So Important Employers Address Mental Health In The Workplace

In Employee Benefits, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

When Lloyds Banking Group chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio approached his boss, Sir Win Bischoff, in late 2011 to request time off because of a stress-related condition, the chairman found himself in a position that he had not encountered in a career spanning six decades.   At the time, the situation was rare in the financial services world, an industry where it’s …

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Out Of Touch Health Support: Why Employers Risk Damaging Retention & Productivity

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Raina Dhillon

A significant disconnect exists between how employers view the health and wellness support they offer and the perceptions of employees. This is one of the main findings of a new report by a global health benefits provider and it’s a reality that is said to be negatively impacting productivity. According to research by Aetna International, despite the vast majority of …

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How To Setup Your Mental Health First Aid Training For Success

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Paul Connolly

British businesses are training record numbers of workplace “mental health first aiders” in an attempt to address the sharp rise in employees experiencing mental distress, figures show. But while it’s definitely a step in the right direction, organisations shouldn’t see such initiatives as silver bullets in the ongoing fight to reduce mental health issues in the workplace. [Related reading: A …

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A Fifth Of Employees Carry On Working Despite Mental Illness

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

New research shows that a significant number of employees have gone into work despite feeling ‘mentally unwell’ and that a generational divide exists when it comes to who is most likely to do this. According to research by Canada Life Group Insurance, one in five (19%) employees – equivalent to around 6.2 million people – went to work while feeling …

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9.5M Brits Have Mental Health Issues Because Of Money Worries

In Family, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Tom McGuinness

Worryingly, more than 18 million Brits stress over money on a daily basis, with more than half experiencing mental health issues as a result, a new study has found. According to the research by mobile bank N26, which was released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10, around 9.5 million UK adults have suffered from mental health …

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Mental Health At Work: Do You Know Your Responsibilities As An Employer?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Paul Connolly

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in the workplace. Now a person is considered disabled under the act if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a “substantial” and “long-term” negative effect on their normal day-to-day activities. A mental health issue is classed as …

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A Quarter Of British Workers Scared To Tell Their Boss About Mental Health Issues

In Business, In The Press, Mental Health by Raina Dhillon

According to the NHS, one in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any given year, with mental health problems being the largest single cause of disability in the UK today. What is most scary, however, is that mental health problems affect people of all ages. Indeed, research published in the Harvard Business Review ahead of …

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UK Students Waiting Too Long For Mental Health Support

In Individual, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Students in the UK with mental health problems are having to wait up to 12 weeks (three months) for help from their universities. It’s a reality that has prompted fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Figures collected by British universities show that students at the Royal College of Music had the longest waits for counselling …

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Excess Body Fat Linked To Increased Depression Risk

In Healthcare, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Howell

Obesity is complex and having excess body fat is something that is not just a cosmetic concern. The bottom line is obesity is a medical problem and it increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health problems. But now new research suggests that carrying excess body fat also increases a person’s risk …

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Mindfulness Apps Help Boost Mental Health, Survey Finds

In Healthcare, In The Press, Mental Health by Paul Howell

New research shows that more than eight in 10 people (86%) find mindfulness apps beneficial for improving their overall mental wellbeing. According to the research from Vitality, more than half (56%) of respondents said they use mindfulness apps to help relieve stress, while just under half (49%) use them to improve their mental health. More than a third (34%) of …