Mental Health issues are a normal part of life. In any one year approximately one in four people experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue and the World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2030 depression will be the single leading cause of the global burden of disease.
Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with mental ill health which can involve negative attitudes and discrimination which in turn leads sufferers to hide their difficulties from others. People suffering from mental ill health are often ashamed to discuss mental health issues with family, friends and work colleagues. They may be reluctant to seek treatment and support for mental health issues because of their concerns about what others will think of them. People with mental health issues can internalise the stigma so that they begin to believe the negative things that others say about them.
Many people with mental health issues don’t get adequate treatment or they delay accessing treatment. The longer people delay getting help and support the more difficult their recovery may be.
Mental ill health, including stress, depression and anxiety, is thought to be responsible for 91 million lost working days each year, more than for any other illness.
*Analysts estimate that this sickness absence costs £8.4 billion each year, plus another £15.1 billion in reduced productivity. A further £2.4 billion is lost replacing staff that leave work because of mental ill health. Overall, recent estimates put the cost to UK employers at £30 billion each year.
Employers want a happy healthy workforce and should review the way they support employees with their health. A strong and well constructed employee benefits programme can support employers in helping employees in getting back to good health, staying healthy and early intervention to proactively avoid mental health issues.
It pays to work with an independent employee benefit consultancy that can support companies and its employees in all areas of health and wellness.
Stay healthy, stay happy!
Manager of Group Risk Solutions & Mental Health First Aider
Head of Employee Benefit Consulting
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