According to the new report, ‘Making Mental Health Top of the Agenda’, based on nationwide research commissioned by digital mental health provider SilverCloud, 50% admitted that their mental health has worsened over the period, with 48% saying they have hit burn-out, and 35% admitting they feel depressed. However, only a third of companies have increased their staff wellbeing investment since the start of the pandemic. This is despite the fact that 70% of company directors surveyed believe workforce wellbeing has become more important for investors today than 10 years ago.
Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School, Manchester University, observed: “Mental health in the workplace is no longer a ‘nice to have’, but instead should be viewed through a strategic lens that supports both economic impact and individual wellbeing. Businesses have a key responsibility to support and build a resilient workforce and put tools in place to manage and even prevent mental health issues in the first place,”
Dr Carolyn Lorian, Head of Clinical Transformation at SilverCloud added: “These findings reinforce the crucial role that businesses can play in supporting their workforces to unlock human and business potential; however, just 28% of employees believe employers are doing enough. This gap between employee reality and employer perception and action needs to be addressed.”
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