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How do we change the culture of mental health in the workplace?

Here are five things we know already…

  1. Directly or indirectly, 9 out of 10 people are affected by mental ill health.
  2. They can impact anyone, at any time and sometimes for no apparent reason.
  3. On average, poor mental health costs UK businesses £1,500+ per employee per year.
  4. There are still stigmas around mental health and we often discriminate against them, whether we mean to or not.
  5. It can change but too little is being done.

I’m Peter. I’m a professional in the field of mental health prevention. I want to explore five ways we can change the culture of the workplace.

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Is poor mental health preventable?

Welcome to the million-dollar question!

It’s actually a multi-billion dollar question. To the tune of £105.2 billion every year and counting.

Accenture recently stated that poor mental health doesn’t just affect 1 in 4 adults… it’s actually affecting 9 out of 10 of us! Would you define that as a crisis? I would.

Whether directly or indirectly, 9 in 10 adults in the workplace are experiencing mental health issues or directly supporting someone who is.

I deliver a lot of mental health first aid courses in companies across England every year. I’ve seen first-hand the profound difference it can make when simple changes are made and how attitudes are changed by a little understanding.

Here are three real ways we can start to change the culture of the workplace to prevent mental health issues…

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