Calls for physical and psychological issues to be ‘treated equally’ in the workplace
In recent days, a prominent campaign group has proposed a number of recommendations as to how employers could be encouraged to offer greater mental health support in the workplace.
In a new report into the issue, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has warned that British businesses are need to be pushed to help address the UK’s worsening mental health crisis.
It has said that both the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) need to do more to ensure that businesses are treating ‘physical’ and ‘psychological’ hazards in the workplace equally – and that a minimum of two ‘mental health days’ should be introduced as mandatory for public sector workers.
The calls come after research carried out by the MHF found that a shocking three quarters (74 per cent) of UK adults have felt ‘overwhelmed’ or ‘unable to cope’ at least once at some point over the past year – while a further third (32 per cent) have experienced suicidal thoughts.
The research, which surveyed more than 4,500 people all across the country, is thought to be one of the largest and most comprehensive ‘stress studies’ ever carried out in the UK – and has sparked debate among commentators in recent days.
One expert said that employers needed to do much more to address the issue.
He said that businesses should ‘engage in a dialogue’ with each of their individual employees in order to better understand the problems their staff are grappling with.