A new poll has indicated to Chrysalis Not For Profit that the number of UK employees who are reporting mental health issues at work is on the rise.
Work and stress
As Chrysalis Not For Profit has reported several times, there’s a clear link between work and stress. A survey of 2,000 people carried out by Mind, a UK-based health charity, showed work is the most stressful factor in the lives of 34% of UK employees. 19% admitted that they’ve taken a day off work due to stress, whilst the same number said they couldn’t tell their boss that they’re overly stressed.
The number of UK employees reporting mental health conditions such as stress is rising, according to a new poll recently conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The Guardian wrote that over two thirds of employers now say they’ve witnessed an increase in the number of mental health conditions such as stress and anxiety reported by employees.
Dr Jill Miller, a research adviser for the CIPD, explained that employers should consider the individual needs of employees to help staff with mental health conditions. As an example, she said: “If travelling on public transport is difficult for someone who is anxious, then changing their work hours from 9-5 to 10-6 could make it easier for them to come in to work because they can avoid that busy rush hour.”
Using her firm’s policies, Miller explained how bosses also need to promote a culture of acceptance to help team members with mental health conditions. Elaborating, she said: “We asked someone from Mind to come and have a chat with us and that was really popular with staff. It’s about training line managers to be able to talk about these things, because it’s likely that they’re the people who staff will be coming to saying, ‘I’m anxious, I’m struggling, I can’t sleep at night.”
Chrysalis Not For Profit
If employers provide access to talking therapies such as counselling, they can help staff overcome the underlying issues which cause mental health conditions. You can support people with mental health conditions by enrolling on a range of Chrysalis courses supplied by Chrysalis Not For Profit, which teach you the skills you need to become a professional counsellor.
Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.