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Govt plans workplace mental health review

Published: January 10, 2017

A review into issues surrounding workplace mental health has been launched by the government.

Prime minister Theresa May announced the review will seek to ensure employees have the correct support, as well as examining the wide issues of attitudes towards mental health.

The review will be led by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, chief executive officer of mental health charity Mind.

“For too long mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country, shrouded in a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health,” explained the prime minister.

“Left unaddressed it destroys lives, it separates people from each other and deepens the divisions within our society. Changing this goes right to the heart of our humanity; to the heart of the kind of country we are, the values we share, the attitudes we hold and our determination to come together and support each other.”

According to a recent CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey, 47 per cent of workers are not comfortable discussing mental health issues with their manager, while 25 per cent believe there is not enough support in the workplace.

Mental health issues are the main reason for long-term sick leave and are estimated to cost the British economy around £15 billion each year in lost productivity.

Mitrefinch provides a range of solutions to help companies support workers returning to work after long-term sick leave.

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