It’s often said a picture tells a thousand words – but the latest Mental Health statistics have been released by the UK Health & Safety Executive & these numbers paint quite a story too….
So it’s worth starting by noting (we cover this a lot on our L2 & 3 courses) that the HSE record Stress, Anxiety & Depression – they do not provide specific data for other Mental Health issues – but it does inform a general overview.
- In 2017/18 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases
and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health
- 15.4 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18
- 595,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2017/18
Reported causes of stress, depression & anxiety across all workplaces: The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety
were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of
Self reported cases were noticeably higher in certain sectors.
Analysis also showed that certain work related factors were common causes of work related poor mental health
As a First Aid trainer the statistic I thought was most illuminating was that overall workplace illness has been in a gradual decline since 2002 – the rise & availability of good quality first aid training and health schemes at work has in part addressed this
However over the same period there has been a gradual increase – hopefully this reflects better awareness & diagnosis – but it also indicates a rise in occurrence.
Every responsible organisation has a first-aid policy, takes care of staff when they are ill – but that is literally less than half the story. How many organisations have a Mental Health Policy, have trained Mental Health First Aiders – have a culture where Mental Health can be openly discussed in a supportive way. Very very few.