Mental health issues in the workplace can no longer be shied away from with 12.5 million working days lost every year due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.*

According to latest research from The O.C. Tanner Institute, which surveyed 476 UK working adults at companies with 500+ employees, nearly one fifth of UK workers (19 per cent) admit to being dissatisfied with their life. On top of this, 14 per cent feel as though their life is spiralling out of control and nearly a quarter (23 per cent) feel unable to cope with everything life may throw at them. 

Stress and dissatisfaction amongst the UK workforce is becoming commonplace, with many feeling unable to deal with the pressures of everyday life. But how can organisations go about effectively addressing mental health? Here are my thoughts…

Mental health in the workplace can be a tricky topic to tackle as it’s so often viewed as taboo, but it’s crucial to address it because it’s not going away. With all aspects of work being impacted by poor mental health, from sickness levels and productivity through to engagement. Let’s make sure the conversations continue far beyond Mental Health Awareness Week!

* Statistics from Health and Safety Executive