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The Construction Industry’s Silent Crisis

In Health and Wellness, Industry News, Mental Health by Rebekah Bree

The construction industry is sick. This is evidenced by the fact that a quarter of its workers considered suicide last year. This shocking revelation highlights how a silent crisis existed even before the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to figures published by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 26% of construction workers thought about taking their own lives …

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Managing Your Employees’ Mental Health During Lockdown

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

While many of your employees might not be working right now because they are furloughed, as an employer, it’s important for you to check in with them. The uncertainty and anxiety caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having an enormous impact on people’s mental health. That’s why employers need to be doing everything they can to safeguard their employees’ …

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Can Smartphones Help Protect Mental Health During Lockdown?

In Health and Wellness, Individual, Mental Health by Paul Howell

As we all adapt to the challenges, stresses and strains of being locked down, research suggests smartphones could help in monitoring the mental health impact of Covid-19. While there is a huge amount of focus, quite rightly, being placed on the physical health implications of COVID-19, conversations about the impact on our mental health don’t seem as abundant. But the …

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MHFA England Launches ‘My Whole Self’ Campaign To Encourage People To Be Themselves At Work

In Business, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Rebekah Bree

Employers up and down the country are being targeted in a new campaign by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to encourage people to be themselves in the workplace. The campaign’s digital centrepiece, the My Whole Self toolkit, is designed to help unlock employee productivity by supporting employers to promote authenticity and acceptance in the workplace. By bringing their ‘whole …

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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 …