10 Mental Health Statistics Every Employer Should Know

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After a tumultuous few years, the psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still emerging but experts fear that we are heading into a mental health pandemic.

It’s believed that the pandemic has hit certain demographics harder including the unemployed, those with existing long-term physical or mental health conditions, women, people from minority ethnic communities and the LGBTQ+ community.

With mental health cases on the rise, we take a look at 10 shocking statistics which every employer needs to know.

822,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2020/21.An estimated 449,000 reported that this was caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: hse.gov.uk

In 2020/21 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases. Source: hse.gov.uk

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Source: stress.org.uk

Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. Source: mentalhealth.org.uk

Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year. Source: mentalhealth.org.uk

One in six adults experienced some form of depression in summer 2021, compared with one in five in early 2021. Source: ons.gov.uk

In summer 2021, the most commonly reported impacts of the pandemic on life by adults experiencing some form of depression were well-being (74%), lack of freedom and independence (44%) and access to healthcare and treatment for non-coronavirus related issues (40%). Source: ons.gov.uk

Poor mental health is also cited as a factor that impacts productivity for 1 in 5 employees, contributing to costly levels of presenteeism (on both a personal and business level). Source: championhealth.co.uk

Almost 35% of employees report that the stress they experience at work is having a negative impact on them. Source: championhealth.co.uk

As a result of the pandemic, in 2021, 57% of organisations placed mental health as a focus area. Source: cipd.co.uk

With such startling statistics, paying attention to workplace mental health has never been more important. It’s believed that good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive.

Wellness programmes, additional paid leave and private health insurance are all tools which savvy employers are utilising to support their employees during what is considered a mental health crisis.

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