Mental illness is endemic in the workplace.
This is a column that I wrote for The Drum following an industry discussion hosted by The CIPR.
There’s no single solution but education and empathy go a long way to helping tackle the issue.
Simply approaching someone and asking them how they’re doing can be a huge help. I’ll put the kettle on.
Mental health in the workplace is an issue that is rarely discussed publicly although the data is in plain view. “In business, mental health, like disability, is some way behind gender and ethnicity in being tackled,” said employment lawyer Bela Gor. In 2016 the CIPR’s annual State of the Profession Survey found that 30 per cent of people cited their wellbeing in the workplace as ‘unhappy’ or ‘extremely unhappy’. Happiness is a relative emotion but it’s a story that is consistent with data published last year by the PRCA. In a poll of members it found that 34 per cent had suffered from poor mental ill health.