New research published by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in recent days suggests that UK employers need to do more to address mental health issues in the workplace.
According to the study, just shy of three quarters (74 per cent) of UK adults admit to having felt ‘overwhelmed’ or ‘unable to cope’ at least once at some point over the past year.
Meanwhile, a further third (32 per cent) told the MHF that they had experienced suicidal feelings as a result of the day-to-day stress they continue to experience.
Following the publication of the research, UK employers are facing increased pressure to do more to address mental health issues in the workplace and to support workers who might be feeling overwhelmed or stressed out at work.
In an article for LexisNexis, one commentator said that employers ought to engage in a dialogue with each of their individual employees in order to better understand the problems they are dealing with – and what they, as an employer, might be able to do to help.
Meanwhile, the MHF’s report has put forward a number of recommendations as to how the UK’s escalating mental health crisis can be addressed.
It has called on the Government to introduce a minimum of two mental health days as mandatory for every public sector worker.
Furthermore, it has said that the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) need to do more to ensure that businesses are treating ‘physical’ and ‘psychological’ hazards in the workplace equally.
The MHF’s survey, which quizzed more than 4,500 people all across the country, is thought to be one of the largest and most comprehensive ‘stress studies’ ever carried out in the UK.