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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 …

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A Significant Amount Of Absence & Presenteeism Could Be Addressed With Employer Interventions

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Health-related absenteeism and presenteeism cause employers to lose an average of 35.6 working days a year per employee, which equates to a staggering £61 billion in lost productivity annually. Those are two of the key findings of Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study, which was published earlier this year. Back in 2014, the number of days lost annually per worker due …

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More Employees Than Ever Seeking Mental Health Support

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

More employees than ever are seeking help for mental health conditions, figures from Unum show. According to the insurer’s data, two-fifths of people using its rehabilitation services are doing so to address mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety. In fact, of the individuals seeking help under Unum’s return to work scheme, the majority were doing so because of …

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People Increasingly Turning To Dr Google For Mental Health Help

In Employee Benefits, Mental Health, Protection by Paul Connolly

The number of online searches for mental health-related terms has risen dramatically over the past four years, new figures reveal. According to the analysis from RedArc, more and more people are turning to ‘Dr Google’ for help when they are suffering from poor mental health, a reality that highlights the important role search engines and online content play in supporting …

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Mental Health Issues Still A Taboo Subject (And It’s Costing UK Businesses A Fortune)

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Tom McGuinness

New research shows that a significant proportion of European employees are uncomfortable talking about mental health issues in the workplace. According to the survey by payroll and HR solutions provider ADP, 31% of workers would not feel comfortable disclosing to their colleagues that they had a mental health issue, while 61% of employees said their employer is not interested in …

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Mental Health In The Workplace: Research Shows Managers Need Support

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Connolly

New research shows an apparent disconnect when it comes to how managers rate their own ability to promote wellbeing in the workplace and how staff view their manager’s performance. It’s a reality that shows even though mental health at work is starting to get the attention it deserves, there’s still a way to go to ensure it becomes a key …