91 million working days lost each year through mental health problems

March 17, 2017   //   No Comments

ACAS have calculated that 91 million working days are lost each year due to mental health problems.  One in four people will experience some form of mental health condition in the course of a year, and mental health issues can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to work effectively and, consequently, on an organisation’s productivity. Employers have a duty of care towards their staff so it’s important for managers to be able to spot the signs of mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental health issues.

FitforWork have identified several signs of workers with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress:

  • Changes in a staff member’s behaviour
  • Inconsistency in terms of work output
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Fluctuating moods
  • Appearing tired, anxious or withdrawn
  • Struggling to focus on tasks.

Remember that SAIF members have access to SAIFSupport, a completely confidential telephone and email helpline plus members who need further support will be offered six free counselling sessions.  Login to the Members’ area to find out more information about SAIFSupport.