Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job

Desiree Burns
September 13, 2018

It comes as new figures revealed nearly half of all United Kingdom workers had experienced poor mental health in their current job.

Prince William will be launching a landmark new mental health initiative - focused on supporting workplace staff with problems.

More than 58,000 working days were lost as a result at Yorkshire's fire, police and ambulance services, an increase of 33 per cent since 2014/15.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was set to unveil the project, Mental Health at Work, at an event in Bristol on Tuesday.

The Duke will give a speech during the event followed by Antonio Horta Osorio, chief executive of Lloyds Bank, who is expected to talk about his own experiences of workplace problems.

"I took a lot home without realizing it", the 36-year-old father of Prince George, 5; Princess Charlotte, 3; and Prince Louis, 4 months; says. Whether work environments contribute to the degradation of mental health or exacerbates conditions outside of the person's control, there's never been a more pertinent time for tools available to help those in work.

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The charity Mind conducted the survey, which included almost 44,000 participants.

Separate research by Mind found one in three employers do not know where to look for information and guidance, and Heads Together research shows that just 2% of people were prepared to talk to HR about mental health.

The next phase of the programme will be the provision of online learning materials for employees, created to arm them with the skills they need to help themselves.

"We know that employers want to do more and are starting to see mental health as a priority, but often don't know where to start".

Furthermore, the impact of mental health issues doesn't just affect the personal life of the person who is living with it, it also has repercussions for businesses and the economy.

25%: This is the year-on-year increase of the number of days taken off work because of mental health issues.

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