Tips for Talking About Mental Health in the Workplace
Why ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’ is not quite true
Mental health problems have become increasingly more prevalent in the media, not just in the UK, but worldwide (MHF; 2018). Mental health issues have been cited as one of the main illnesses worldwide, and one of the primary drivers of disability causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds (The Lancet; 2013, 2010).
With an estimated 1 in 6 people a week experiencing a common mental health problem, any forward-thinking employer will recognise employee mental wellbeing as a key staff concern (NHS Digital, 2014). However, while 80% of UK workers have identified an increase in public awareness of mental health issues generally in the UK, only 34% have noticed increased awareness in their place of work (Personal Group, 2018).
We Need to Talk
Personal Group’s report, We Need to Talk, outlines how the language we use to talk about mental illness in the workplace can have both negative and positive outcomes, and how best to harness the power of language to help remove the stigma once and for all.