Mind: Firms should be aware of employee mental health


Mind: Firms should be aware of employee mental health
Employers need to be aware of the mental health of their staff, not just their physical wellbeing, according to one charity.

One in four people have a mental health problem at some point in their life, however most employers will not be aware of this.

It is important that any problems are identified at the earliest possible stage and Mind claims that there need to be more education on the subject.

Alison Kerry, spokesperson for Mind, advised companies: "Keeping people in employment is the important thing, you could be offering flexible working hours, flexible working arrangements, counselling services."

According to the Office for National Statistics' 2006 figures on Mental Health, seven per cent of men and 11 per cent of women suffer from mixed anxiety or depression.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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