Mental health is often taken for granted, especially at work. The result? A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.¹
And since the start of 2020, the pandemic has only made things worse.
In 2020/21 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases.²
Whether you’re working from home, back in the office, or still figuring out a system that works best for you and your employer, it’s still vital that you feel supported, and happy at work.
Which means taking the time and effort to focus on your mental wellbeing, and build it into your working week. So you can make the most of your potential, and take control of your health, both today, and for the future.
79% of UK workers report some stress-related absence in their organisation over the last year, rising to 91% of organisations with more than 250 employees.³
‘Burning out’ sounds extreme, but the causes are recognisable in most workplaces; feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, cynical or detached from the job, and a sense of ineffectiveness.
Left untreated, mental health issues at work can lead to more serious, long term conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Take a deep breath. The good news is that openly discussing and taking on mental health problems is now an accepted part of workplace interactions.
As well as checking in with your line manager, here are a few advice to consider at work:
Considering your own mental wellbeing is the first step towards a happier, more productive work life. If you do think you might benefit from speaking in confidence to a professional, try booking an appointment with a GP.
Our GPs and doctors are on hand 24/7 and can offer invaluable support and advice, helping you get back to feeling more like the real ‘you’.
Last reviewed - April 2022