Mental Health Awareness Week: Body Image

Last week (13-19 May) was Mental Health Awareness Week, founded in 2001 by charity, The Mental Health Foundation. They run programmes, national campaigns and carry out mental health research. They also provide help and information for businesses, schools, and other communities. The focus of this week was Body Image.

Working conditions and environment can have a huge impact on mental health and, equally, someone's mental health can have a significant impact to perform well in their job. These are just some of the statistics from their website:

  • 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%).

  • Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).

  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.

With mental health having such a huge impact on everyone, it is becoming more and more important for businesses to recognise issues or signs and assist their workers, to make everyone’s lives better which can only help improve productivity. For more information see some of their publications here as well as ACAS’ “Mental health in the workplace” advice.

Published: 16 May 2019

Article Sections: Employment Guides | Miscellaneous | Sickness

Tags: mental health, absence, sickness


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