Why Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace Is Important


Why mental health awareness in the workplace is important

Mental health issues amongst individuals are on the rise and they’re having a serious effect on people’s ability to work. It’s estimated that an improved approach to “mental health support in the workplace” may save “UK businesses up to £8 billion per year”(MH). At a time when money is short, this sort of loss is catastrophic. But there’s much more to this than economics. At the 888, we like to look beyond statistics and recognise the individuals behind them, because no two diagnoses are the same.

Stress is something most, if not all of us, can relate to at work. Chronic stress can often lead to other mental difficulties such as depression and anxiety. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive, “526,000 workers” are suffering from “work-related stress, depression or anxiety,” leading to “12.5 million working days lost.” Mental Health is a difficult issue to talk about, people find it hard to open up to their bosses and workmates for fear of being treated differently, or worse, losing their jobs. (5 steps to take before discussing your mental health at work). The added pressure of seclusion at work will inevitably impact a person’s well-being negatively, potentially leading to people having no choice but to leave employment.

"The step from being unemployed and unwell to being back in a full and competitive working environment is vast."
Jana Dowling, Founder.

Employers need to do more for their staff and safeguard against such situations. At the 888 we value open discussion and expression in all situations. Everyone that’s a part of our collective is encouraged to say when they’re feeling stressed or low. This is a simple yet incredibly effective first step towards shattering mental health stigmas. We’re seeing this online and in the media with more and more people opening up about their mental health. Businesses and institutions must follow suit and provide the freedom their employees deserve.

The 888 Collective is a social enterprise focused on creating work opportunities for people with Mental Health issues, acting as a stepping stone to get them back into the workplace.

We offer a course for people that have found themselves out of work and unable to move forward due to their mental health.

If you or someone you know has found themselves in this position, the 888 course is the right course of action. To find out more and book a spot, please click here.

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