Mental health at work becoming less taboo, say BCC and Aviva

Fri, August 10th, 2018

We also look at how Mersey Care and the Zero Suicide Alliance can support...

We also look at how Mersey Care and the Zero Suicide Alliance can support employers with free training
Almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce, and Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer.

The survey, of over 1,000 business leaders from every region and nation of the UK, suggests that firms are more aware than ever of mental health concerns in the office, and that the topic is becoming less taboo for both employees and employers alike.

The findings suggest that employers are supporting staff with mental health issues, from reviewing individual workloads and flexible working options, to organising counselling for staff and training for managers to better support staff. However, they also suggest that firms could do more with nearly half of those surveyed saying that they did not access occupational health support for their staff from external bodies, and 10% were not aware of any available support.

Adam Marshall, BCC Director General, said:

“As the world of work changes, it is absolutely crucial for business leaders to pay ever closer attention to the health and wellbeing of their employees – especially at a time when firms are facing severe challenges finding and retaining the skilled staff they need.”

“Tackling mental health concerns in business need not break the bank. Reviewing workloads, considering flexible working practices, and improving the skills of managers are simple measures that can help all firms build a happier and more productive workforce.”

Mersey Care and Zero Suicide Alliance

This is exactly what Mersey Care and Zero Suicide Alliance’s suicide awareness training programme aims to do. The Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The key objective is to improve support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting free suicide prevention training which will enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support. The training only takes 20 minutes and aims to equip employers and employees with the skills that could ultimately help to save someone’s life.

Visit https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com for more information.

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