Working conditions and environment can have a huge impact on mental health and, equally, someone’s mental health can have a significant impact on the way they perform. Balancing work life with our everyday life is often more difficult than it sounds, especially those employed within the public sector. Working phone to face or face to face with our customers, we can never go an entire week without getting that awkward customer who challenges the flow of our work ethic.
- 1 in 7 people experience mental health problems in the workplace (15%).
- Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (20% vs 11%).
- Evidence suggests that 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
Prevention of mental ill health at work
- Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.
- Introducing a workplace intervention in the form of an employee screening and care management for those living with (or at risk of) depression was estimated to cost £30.90 per employee for assessment, and a further £240.00 for the use of CBT to manage the problem, in 2009. According to an economic model, in a company of 500 employees where two thirds are offered and accept the treatment, an investment of £20,676 will result in a net profit of approximately £83,278 over a two year period.
- Promoting wellbeing at work through personalised information and advice, a risk-assessment questionnaire, seminars, workshops and web-based materials will cost approximately £80 per employee per year. For a company with 500 employees, where all employees undergo the intervention, it is estimated that an initial investment of £40,000 will result in a net return of £347,722 in savings, mainly due to reduced presenteeism (lost productivity that occurs due to an employee working while ill) and absenteeism (missing work due to ill health).
Is it all that simple?
- Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis.
- 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime.
- Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are distributed according to a gradient of economic disadvantage across society. The poorer and more disadvantaged are disproprotionately affected by common mental health problems and their adverse consequences.
- Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain.
- One adult in six had a common mental disorder.
This would suggest that mental defects hold more of us back than we think.
What is a mental defect?
The term is simply used to describe a cerebral deficiency or an inadequacy of thought processes, in other words a biological dysfunction that is associated with distress or disability causing symptoms or impairment in at least one important area of an individual’s functioning.
Frightening situations happen to everyone at some point. People can react in many different ways: they might feel nervous, have a hard time sleeping well, or go over the details of the situation in their mind. These thoughts or experiences are a normal reaction. They usually decrease over time and the people involved can go back to their daily lives. Post-traumatic stress disorder, on the other hand, lasts much longer and can seriously disrupt a person’s life.
“Mental health matters”
Work for a cause not for applause.
Live life to express not to impress.
Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.