World Mental Health Day 2022

Today is World Mental Health Day which heralds a week of activity and awareness raising on this important subject.
The theme for this year is ‘Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority’. On this day each year, advocates of mental health congregate across the world and celebrate the annual awareness programme to call attention to mental illness and its major impact on the lives of people. Working conditions and environment can have a huge impact on mental health, and, equally, someone’s mental health can significantly affect performing well in their job.

• Roughly, 1 in 6 people experience mental health problems in the workplace
• Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men
• Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.

For employers, supporting their teams in the management of mental health can save costs (in the form of reduced absenteeism) and improve productivity.

Promoting wellbeing at work with the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders and supporting the opportunity for employees to have a safe space to talk about mental health can greatly reduce the incidences of absences relating to mental health and improve general wellbeing, engagement and workplace culture. 121 HR Solutions regularly supports its clients in managing concerns relating to mental health and with programmes to improve employee wellbeing and engagement.

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