Employee mental health and the workplace are inevitably intertwined; studies have proven that the mental health of a workforce – both individually and collectively - can have a substantial effect on performance. With mental health issues affecting 1 in 5 of all workers, it is a vital area that impacts each and every company.
At the Sloane Court Clinic, we are able to provide specialist psychiatric and psychological input for individuals or teams requiring occupational assessment, support or rehabilitation. This includes diagnostic assessment, advice on medication, and packages of psychological assessment and treatment. We are able to advise on occupational adjustments, group and team issues, return-to-work issues, and more.
The link between mental health and the working world has been embedded since business began. However, as the world and the way we work evolves, it is no longer enough to be aware of potential challenges; employers have a duty of care to both safeguard and act.
It is estimated that the cost of mental health related absences and departures stands at £56 billion a year for UK businesses. This figure alone has increased 25% since 2019. In 2020/21 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases, and 40% of all turnover costs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also seen an increase in employees suffering from burnout, resulting in either extensive time off or leaving the role entirely. Burnout Syndrome is characterised by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal achievement.
Mental Health awareness for management
Mental Health related illness can often be stigmatised in the workplace, making employees considerably less comfortable in speaking to their management and HR team. Investment in mental health support at management level would enable increased awareness and communication throughout the business which would, in turn, help to combat this stigma and enhance the organisational culture.
Spotting signs of potential mental health challenges could also allow businesses to take a proactive approach in supporting their team, thus minimising the potential impact if left untreated. It is also important that when management are presented with a mental health issue, they are confident in how to respond and can refer them to qualified individuals who can treat them.
Mental Health at work, post-COVID
The pandemic has placed a renewed focus on employee mental health, as managers and team members alike have had to respond to the changing work environment, negotiate challenges in maintaining boundaries between work and personal space, and recognise and respond (often remotely) to signs of burnout, stress, anxiety and depression.
Engaging a robust and experienced system of support for employees could not only minimise costs incurred in the long run, but in turn enable and promote an increase in productivity and morale that would occur from improved company-wide mental health.
How we can help:
- We have an expert Psychiatric team working across an array of specialisms who can provide diagnostic assessments, medication advice and on-going management and support
- We have specialist Psychologists who can offer regular therapy sessions, providing employees the support, space and tools to better understand their mental health, and overcome any acute challenges
- We can provide tailored packages to support your businesses needs
- In addition, we can facilitate wellness workshops and mental health seminars for senior leadership and employees
- We can provide help in a range of languages including Mandarin and Cantonese
Specialist Occupational Health Areas include:
If you are interested in our Occupational Health services or would just like to learn more on how we can support your business, please do contact our General Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The burnout syndrome is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal achievement. Low, Z.X.; Yeo, K.A.; Sharma, V.K.; Leung, G.K.; McIntyre, R.S.; Guerrero, A.; Lu, B.; Sin Fai Lam, C.C.; Tran, B.X.; Nguyen, L.H.; Ho, C.S.; Tam, W.W.; Ho, R.C. Prevalence of Burnout in Medical and Surgical Residents: A Meta-Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1479. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16091479