My employer doesn’t care about my mental health, say over one third of UK workers

World Mental Health Day Research: No-deal Brexit risk to jobs and money worries driving one in ten to consult a GP over workplace stress

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 10 October 2019 05:35

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Over one third (35 per cent) of UK workers believe their employer ‘does not care’ about their mental or financial wellbeing, according to research from the Parliament Street think thank. The poll over 2,000 fulltime UK workers in professional roles examined pressures placed on employees as well as money worries and concerns over Brexit. Disturbingly, 4 in 10 people admitted lying to family members and colleagues about their financial and mental wellbeing.

Additionally, 16 per cent confessed to consulting their GP over stress in the last six months. A further 17 per cent admitted calling a debt helpline and 23 per cent said they had considered suicide over financial worries in the last six months.

Fears over the impact of a no-deal Brexit were revealed with 22 per cent saying a no-deal scenario would put their job at risk.

A further 40 per cent said they are planning to take a second job at night to make ends meet. 16 per cent of respondents said they had gone over their credit card limit in the last six months. 13 per cent admitted to using a foodbank in the same period, and 9 per cent said they had stolen from their employer out of financial desperation.

Derrick Farrell, CEO at Vita Health Group said, “These figures aren't surprising when it comes to the state of mental health support systems for UK workers.

Anyone, whatever their financial or personal circumstances, can find themselves faced with depression, anxiety or other illnesses, which all too often go untreated. It’s critical that employers invest in the highest standards of professional support, including employee assistance programmes, which can help in this situation, but don't got as far as a full mental health strategy," added Farrell. 

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