Business in the Community calls for workplace mental health training

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A charity has called for workplace mental health training after it emerged that 15 per cent of employees face negative consequences if they disclose mental health issues.

A survey of over 3,000 people in work across the UK found that 15 per cent face dismissal, disciplinary action or demotion after saying they suffer from mental ill health. This marks an increase on the nine per cent identified in similar research last year.

The report, compiled by YouGov for the charity Business in the Community, found that half of line managers would welcome training on mental health conditions but 35 per cent report not having any workplace support for mental wellbeing. Less than a quarter (24 per cent) of line managers received any training on mental health.

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"This report is an urgent call to action for collective leadership from employers to end this injustice and provide better support," said Louise Aston, wellbeing director of Business in the Community. "It is time to challenge the myth that having a mental health issues equates to poor performance. We must equip managers with the knowledge and training to make the reasonable workplace adjustments that enable people to stay in work and thrive.”

While 61 per cent of owners, chief executives and managing directors surveyed felt their employees were well supported, only 40 per cent of non-managers agreed.

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In response to the report, Business in the Community called on employers to invest in mental health training break the culture of silence around mental health which sees three in four people suffering with problems choose not to involve any colleagues.

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