Why is mental health important?
The HSE estimates that 1 in 4 people will have experience mental health illness at some point in their lives. Anxiety and depression are the most common problems in the UK. Statistics published in 2020 by the HSE also show 828,000 workers in the UK suffer from “work related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long standing)”. Physiological and behaviour disorders can also arise in people struggling with good mental health.
Employees may have a pre-existing mental health condition when recruited or develop one due to factors outside the workplace. The HSE also report work-related stress can aggravate an existing mental have condition making it harder for the person to control. Employers have legal duties to effectively manage mental health in the workplace, including:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Equality Act 2010