Does poor mental health cost employees their job?

Does poor mental health cost employees their job?

At the same time, people with mental health problems are losing their jobs at double the rate of people without such conditions.

The NHS and the Civil Service, two of the country's largest employers, have already announced that they will abide by the recommendations that apply to them - meaning that more than two million public sector workers will receive tailored in-house mental health support.

"The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear".

The report made a list of recommendations about how employers and the government can better support employees that are suffering. About 15 per cent of working people have symptoms...

CQC has found that, whilst most specialist services provide good quality care, too many young people find it hard to access services and so, do not receive the care that they need when they need it.

Theresa May, who commissioned the report said that it showed 'we need to take action.' She went on to say: "It is only by making this an everyday concern for everyone that we change the way we see mental illness so that striving to improve your mental health - whether at work or at home - is seen as just as positive as improving our physical wellbeing".

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"The commissioning of this review indicates that the Government considers children and young people's mental health to be a national priority".

The findings in CQC's phase one report will inform the Government's Green Paper on children and young people's mental health, expected before the end of the calendar year.

It suggested a six-point set of "core standards" for employers which included producing, implementing and communicating a mental health at work plan; developing mental health awareness among employees; encouraging open conversations about mental health and the support available; providing good working conditions; promoting effective people management; and routinely monitoring employee mental health and well-being.

David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said: "Our analysis indicates the potential impact poor mental health has on UK businesses and the wider economy". For some, this is a short-term problem and they can continue at work, or return to work after sickness absence, with appropriate support.

Under the Equality Act (2010), your employer has a legal duty to make "reasonable adjustments" to your work.

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