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28 July 2016

Workers need more mental health support

Employers need to be doing more to support the increasing number of workers who are suffering with mental health problems.

That is the view of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) and the mental health charity Mind.

Their call comes as a new survey of employees suggests the proportion who have experienced a mental health issue has risen from one in four in 2011, to nearly one in three today.

The poll of 2,000 workers also indicates that only 40% would feel confident about telling their boss if they were having problems.

Rachel Suff is the CIPD's employment relations advisor. Employers, she says, should be paying as much attention to mental health problems as they do to physical health issues.

Firms, she adds, are responsible for managing mental health and stress at work and should ensure workers know about and have easy access to the support that is available. 

Mind's Emma Mamo says employees need to know that if they do flag up a problem their bosses will be understanding and provide support if it is needed.

Often, she adds, only "small adjustments", such as flexible working hours, need to be put in place.

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