A new report by Acas has revealed that mental health problems among professionals in the UK are costing the country’s businesses, and as a consequence its economy around £30 billion annually.
The report states that approximately one in six of all employees struggle with stress and anxiety, a figure likely to continue to grow in the coming months as Britain’s weak economic situation adds pressure.
A result of this is that sick leave taken due to mental health problems is costing companies billions of pounds each year. Acas claim that this figure can be drastically improved by bettering their management of mental health in the workplace.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Blackdogtribe.com is calling on employers to open the doors to communication, and encourage discussion to help raise awareness about depression and mental health at work.
Black Dog Tribe’s resident expert, Dr Tim Anstiss, said: “Depression in the workplace is an important issue which often goes unnoticed by management teams. There is a general lack of awareness within companies, small and large, on how to address depression and mental health at work. It is still frequently seen as an ‘off-limits’ subject. Opening channels to discussion can help reduce feelings of anguish, isolation and anxiety caused by depression. Social sites like www.blackdogtribe.com can make all the difference.”
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