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Heads up: the facts



Mental health can be an emotive topic to address, with many shying away from difficult conversations.

Knowing the facts will enable you to provide informed support when needed.

Workplace facts

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress

  • In the last 6 years, the number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24%

  • 70 million working days are lost per year due to mental ill health, costing £70-£100b per year

  • Less than half of employees said they would be able to talk openly to a manager

  • One quarter of people say they consider resigning due to stress

  • 56% said that they would NOT hire someone with depression, even if they were the best candidate for the role

  • Employers are losing billions of pounds because employees are less productive, less effective or are off sick

  • 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose their jobs each year

  • 15% of people at work, have symptoms of an existing mental health condition

  • 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem throughout their lives

  • 60% of people who take time off due to mental health issues are under 35

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