Can your employees talk to you about depression?

March 29, 2017   //   No Comments

Employee Benefits website reports that less than one in 20 (4%) of employee respondents who experience depression feel they can speak to their manager about it.  The research was undertaken by  Legal and General.  Its survey of 2,000 full-time employees and 200 managing directors and HR managers also found that just 5% of employee respondents who experience anxiety believe they can speak to their manager about it.

The research also found:

  • More than three-quarters (78%) of employer respondents think that employees feel comfortable talking about mental health issues with their employer.
  • 10% of employee respondents who experience unacceptably high levels of pressure feel they could discuss this with their manager.
  • 40% of employee respondents have experienced depression, 25% have experienced unacceptably high levels of pressure, 22% have had panic attacks, and 51% have trouble sleeping.

SAIF Members have access to SAIFSupport, our free counselling service for members.  SAIFSupport provides a completely confidential telephone and email helpline and members who need further support will be offered six free counselling sessions. Members may login to the Member’s area to find out more about SAIFSupport.  If you have any difficulties logging in to the Members’ area, please contact SAIF Business Centre on 0345 230 6777.