The term mental health covers many different conditions. Mood problems are common involving both low mood (depression) and less commonly, over excitable mood (or mania). Anxiety is another common condition , as are more long standing personality disorder problems.
Employers can expect to find, that at any one time, nearly one in six of their workforce can be affected by a mental health condition. It can be difficult to know when ‘stress' turns into a mental health problem, or when existing mental health problems are made worse by stress at work.
There are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from mental health conditions and most people will recover fully in time. The vast majority of people who have experienced a mental health condition continue to work, or return to work, successfully.
The Shaw Trust estimates that Welsh employers could be losing £292 million a year to mental health conditions. Averaging this cost across the Welsh employee population is a cost of around £1,035 per employee. So, a small organisation employing 50 people will typically incur costs of around £50,000 a year because of mental ill health among its employees.
Ref: BHF, Wellbeing at work (2014), Labour Force Survey (2012), EHRC, Mental health is your business (2014)
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