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How to help a colleague who might be struggling with mental health

Mental health is one of the fastest growing reasons for absence in the UK, having increased by a whopping 71.9 per cent since 2011, which has cost the UK economy £18bn in lost productivity, according to analysis from Centre of Economic and Business Research 2017.

However, the negative impact on the sufferer is hard to quantify in terms of cost or pounds. Mental health problems can eat away at happiness and have life changing impacts on people. While many employers acknowledge that mental health is a key employee concern, few have a specific wellbeing strategy in place. Although companies do not carry responsibility for the general health of their employees, they do have a “duty of care”, which means they should take steps to avoid putting their employees in a position where they could be made ill by their work.

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May 14, 2019

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