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Employees are three times more likely to discuss physical ailments over mental health issues at work

A OnePoll survey of 2,000 employed adults reveals that, on average, 42 per cent of employees feel comfortable discussing prevalent physical conditions, compared to just 14 per cent who feel they can talk about common mental health issues.

Only around one in ten workers would feel comfortable speaking about self-harm, psychosis, eating disorders, postnatal depression or schizophrenia; Almost 40 per cent of employees would be ok talking to their manager about cancer compared to just 12 per cent who feel they could discuss bipolar disorder; We would rather talk about diarrhoea [29 per cent] than depression [26 per cent] with our manager.

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May 14, 2019

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