Figures from the Office for National Statistics shows that sickness absence caused by stress, anxiety and/or depression has dramatically increased from 11.8 million days in 2010 to 15.2 million days in 2013.
With mental ill health costing the UK economy an estimated £70 billions each year, it is time that employers really get serious about dealing with this issue.
It’s a myth to think that people with mental health problems can’t work, they can and do work, and with the right knowledge and skills, employers can support employees to stay well ultimately saving you money and maintaining productivity.
It also makes good business sense to support employees who are struggling with mental health problems. Research shows that if supported, they will become more loyal, engaged and motivated, which can only be good for business.
Unless the culture of silence stops though, the problem will unfortunately continue; remember mental illness is more common that you might think....