Working conditions and environment can have a huge impact on mental health and, equally, someone’s mental health can have a significant impact on their ability to perform well in their job.
Employers have a legal duty to take reasonable care of the health and safety of employees, both physically and mentally.
Given that it is predicted that the effects of the pandemic and associated changes in working arrangements is likely to increase the incidence of mental health issues and demands for NHS resources, which already have long waiting lists, EAP provision crucially offers easier access for employees to mental health support, when and how it’s needed and at an earlier stage.
Annual statistics published by The Health and Safety Executive in November 2020 suggest that stress, anxiety and depression accounts for 51% of all work-related ill health and 55% of working days lost (17.9 million days) which is increasing each year. Their findings suggest that the effects of the pandemic were not yet reflected in the figures. According to the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), it costs businesses in the region of £24 billion a year.
Given the ongoing challenges faced by the pandemic, paying attention to mental health has never been more important. Employers are required to develop and maintain comprehensive risk assessment and wellbeing policies for their employees. Engaging independent, specialist and confidential mental health resources are therefore essential and valuable assets to your business to help you to meet your legal requirements and employer responsibilities.
Employee Assistance Programmes can include physical, mental, financial and legal support for your most valuable assets – your people.
Mindwell Matters specialises in mental health support and can help you to:
Mindwell Matters offer you what we are experienced, knowledgeable and specialise in: Mental Health Assessments, Employee Counselling and Mental Health Training. For related services not currently offered by us, we can signpost you to reputable service providers to meet your specific needs.
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