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Workers 'need more mental health support'

Press Association logoPress Association 4/10/2016

Millions of workers with mental health problems are suffering in silence because of a lack of support from their employers, according to a UK report.

Bosses were accused of being "disconnected" from their staff over mental health, with most believing their organisation helps employees with mental ill health, British charity Business in the Community says.

A survey of 3000 workers found that in the past month alone, one in four had symptoms of poor mental health where work contributed, but most did not feel able to talk to a colleague or manager.

About one in four workers have access to an employee assistance program, but only two per cent used it or contacted human resources.

Business in the Community is calling on employers to do more to tackle the issue.

"Millions of employees are suffering in silence and feel unable to share their experiences at work. When they do reach out, many are met with an inadequate response," Louise Aston, of the charity, said.

"Our findings show that we need more openness, more training and information, and more support for employees and managers.

Poppy Jaman, chief executive of Mental Health First Aid - which helped with the study, added: "We need a culture change in our workplaces. We will only make headway when employers value mental health as they do physical health."

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