Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Addressing Mental Health Pays Back

"The mental health core standards should provide a framework for workplace mental health and we have designed them in a way that they can be tailored to suit a variety of workplaces and be implemented by even the smallest employers", the report said. This may involve considering a return-to-work plan suggested by occupational health.

The Stevenson and Farmer review commissioned by the Prime Minister today published its report on mental health in the workplace, Thriving at Work.

The administrative costs that might be incurred by keeping the employee on the books.

Around 6% of people with a long-term mental health condition lose their job each quarter - amounting to 300,000 people each year - compared with 4% of those with a physical health condition.

The Mental Health Day is marked by the World Health Organisation with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental issues worldwide and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

"The Retreat is Nigeria's first goal built mental hospital in Nigeria and by deploying high level mental health professionals we intend to give back to the society", he added.

Other recommendations include the creation of an online health and wellbeing portal to help employers access the tools and guidance they need; additional support for small and medium enterprises; the use of digital technology as a means to support those working remotely or in the gig economy; changes to legislation to offer better protection for staff with mental health problems; and measures to ensure that workplace mental health is promoted and enhanced through greater transparency and the role of regulators.

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

Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.

It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to United Kingdom businesses and the economy as a whole.

The problem of gaining access to specialist help is contributed to and compounded by the fact that those who work with children and young people (in schools, GP practices and A&E, for example) do not always have the skills or capacity to identify or support the mental health needs of children and young people. "It should spur employers into recognising that championing mental health and supporting employees makes good business sense and that inaction comes at a demonstrable cost".

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