Royal Family Launch £2million Digital Mental Health Tools.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate along with Prince Harry have dedicated themselves to reducing stigma around mental health care.
Their extraordinary campaign has singled out a few areas for particular attention. One of these being the workplace.
A review has found that one in six workers in England are struggling with mental health issues.
‘Thriving at Work’ Government Report
In October 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a groundbreaking strategy on mental health support for all employees with 6 core standards to be implemented by all organisations regardless of size.
Well Being At Work: Let’s start talking!
Heads Together collaborated with YouGov and The Data Science Institute at the Imperial University, London.
They studied how people are talking about mental health and if that’s changing.
They found that just 2% of employees would choose to speak to their HR department, 7% to a work supervisor and 24% to a colleague.
Due to these statistics, the Royal Foundation ‘Heads Together’ are working with their partners to develop digital mental health tools.
These tools will be affordable and accessible and help people when it’s needed.
A Study on Employees and Mental Health Care
A study by CIPD course providers found alarming statistics in the work place.
Many UK employees have little faith in their employer’s ability to support issues such as stress, anxiety and depression,
Most note worthy is that visible support may exist. However, it seems to be drastically under used because of employees fear of looking ineffective at work.
Employees can still be made to feel like they’re causing trouble because it’s something the organisation couldn’t manage.
The UK has come a long way when it comes to creating an inclusive and supportive society, but there’s still more work to be done.
Employers Changing The Conversation!
Some progress has been made.
The ‘MINDFUL EMPLOYER’ was launched in 2004 and 1,755 employers have at some point signed up to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.