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Support for mental health problems at work (video)

In support of Time to Talk Day, the British Safety Council has launched a video – Mental health at work – to highlight the role of the workplace in supporting employees with mental health problems.

The video was produced in collaboration with mental health charities Mind and the Centre for Mental Health. It identifies what workplaces can do to manage mental health risks, and demonstrates the importance of spotting the symptoms of mental health problems early.

 

Conversation starter

Neal Stone, policy and standards director of the British Safety Council, said: “We know that there are major challenges when it comes to mental health and work, and it affects government, businesses and ultimately individuals – without question more needs to be done, and it starts with creating the space to have the conversations. Time to Talk Day is an important campaign to get this conversation going.

“In the UK mental ill-health costs £70 billion per year according to a recent OECD report. This is roughly 4.5 per cent of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.

“Employers have a role to play in tackling this as better policies and practices in identifying and addressing these conditions help create the space for people to recognise and deal with mental health issues and get back to work. It can start with a few simple steps like talking to staff and building healthy workplaces.”

“Together, employers and employees should take time to talk about mental health.”