In the UK almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment. Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year.
Research has shown that only 37% of SME employees would tell their boss if they were absent due to mental health. We need to change this by raising awareness of mental health for employers of SMEs in Somerset.
The Work Foundation have released a report entitled, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit,” written by Libby McEnhill and Karen Steadman. It supports small businesses to be healthy, wealthy and wise. The report highlights how the connection between employee well-being and economic development work hand in hand, and voices concerns around how SMEs tend to slip through the net.
It’s time in Somerset that we delivered some vital awareness-raising sessions and create a network of MINDFUL EMPLOYERS. Let’s create workplaces that challenge us, develop our sense of purpose, and support us when things are hard. For a mentally healthy workplace to be built, it is essential that we are there to support those in distress to access help quickly, and those who have recovered from mental health problems, to stay well and enjoy their working life.