'Deeds not words': May's promise to tackle mental health undermined by stats


Prime minister Theresa May said the objective of these efforts will be to "change the way we see mental illness so that striving to improve your mental health - whether at work or at home - is seen as just as positive as improving our physical wellbeing". A recent report by the Children's Commissioner estimated that only between a quarter and a fifth of children with mental-health conditions received help past year. Poor mental health is also said to cost the United Kingdom economy £99 billion each year because people are off sick or less effective in their jobs as they're struggling with health problems.

With up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems leaving their jobs each year, it's important for employers to pay attention.

In light of their findings, the review's authors are calling on employers to adopt six core mental health strategies, including producing a mental health at work plan, working to develop mental health awareness among employees, and making sure they are providing their employees with good working conditions.

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Redressing the imbalance in public health policy between physical and mental wellbeing, and effectively tackling the scourge of mental illness, would secure great improvements for human welfare and for the economy.

Many people are becoming more comfortable talking about the personal toll mental health problems can take.

"In many instances employers simply don't understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support", Farmer said.

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Line managers and supervisors should have regular conversations with the people they manage about their health and well-being so that they can help with any arising problems early on.

"Opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure that employees who may be struggling get the support they need".

In-house mental health support which could be provided online, through occupational health, employee assistance programmes or NHS services.

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