BiTC Mental Health at Work Survey 2018
Now in its third year, Business in the Community's Mental Health at Work survey, in conjunction with Mercer, is the UK’s biggest survey of mental health at work. Everyone has mental health in the same way as everyone has physical health. Mental ill-health is one of the biggest public health challenges facing society and research shows that one in six workers are experiencing stress, depression or anxiety at any one time. Business in the Community want to find out how employers are supporting [...]
The importance of promoting EAP services
A US study published last week has revealed that the promotion of EAP services in the workplace has a significant and positive impact on overall EAP usage.
The study examined utilisation data from US EAP provider, KGA to explore the impact of different kinds of promotional activity on increasing and decreasing the use of EAP services. Analysts reviewed the utilisation records over a two-year period for 82 employers, with 150,000 total covered employees. Interviews were also conducted [...]
Collaborating to create healthier workplaces
Earlier this week, UK EAPA was pleased to welcome Nick Pahl, CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) as the guest speaker at the June 2018 Branch Meeting. SOM is the UK organisation for all doctors and health professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. During his presentation, Nick highlighted the work of SOM and some key issues facing the occupational health sector, sparking an insightful discussion around the areas where UK EAPA and SOM might [...]
Q&A with Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
Nick Pahl, CEO of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) will be our guest speaker at the branch meeting taking place next Tuesday 19 June. Here, Nick provides an insight into some of the key trends and developments in occupational health, particularly around mental health at work.
What are the key trends in the development of OH that are forecast over the next few years, particularly in the area of mental [...]
40% of GP appointments now involve mental health
A survey of more than 1,000 GPs conducted by mental health charity Mind has revealed that two in three GPs (66%) say the proportion of patients needing help with their mental health has increased in the last 12 months. In the light of these results, the charity is calling for better mental health training for GPs as four out of five doctors surveyed agreed there should be a wider range of options for mental health training.
“It will also be important to increase awareness among [...]
Supporting the mental wellbeing of line managers
Research from the Chartered Institute of Management
shows that the average manager puts in an extra 7.5 hours a week, equating to 44 more working days a year. That effectively cancels out holiday allowance and such demands mean that one in 10 managers have reported taking sick leave for stress and mental health [...]
Mind finds employees staying silent on poor mental health
This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on the way stress impacts our lives. As part of this, a major new survey from Mind, of almost 44,000 employees, has found that almost half (48 per cent) had experienced poor mental health, such as stress, low mood, and anxiety, while working at their current organisation. Of those respondents, only half chose to tell their employer about their difficulties (10,554).
The data was gathered from the 74 organisations that [...]
Diary date: EAPA branch meeting, 19 June 2018, Linnean Society, Piccadilly
The next EAPA branch meeting will take place at 11.30 on 19 June at the Linnean Society on Piccadilly. Coffee will be available from 11am. We are delighted to announce that Nick Pahl, CEO of the Society for Occupational Health has confirmed his attendance as our guest speaker. This will be a great opportunity to hear Nick’s insights into developments within the OH space and to discuss how our associations can collaborate to foster a stronger working [...]
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week which makes it the perfect opportunity to review workplace health and wellbeing and think about what more employers could be doing to create, and promote, a culture of acceptance around mental health.
While the majority of work-related stress is attributed to workload, around 1 in 7 people say it is due to a lack of support despite EAPs being the most popular wellbeing initiative provided by employers in the UK. So why the disparity? “While awareness [...]
Removing the taboo around mental health at Lloyds
Earlier this week, Lloyd’s CEO, António Horta-Osório wrote for The Guardian about mental health and attitudes to it the workplace. Since taking a leave of absence to deal with serious insomnia shortly after joining the bank in 2011, António Horta-Osório has spoken openly and frankly about his challenges with mental health. At that time he spent nine days at the Priory clinic to prevent a nervous breakdown after his insomnia reached a tipping point. With the support of his family [...]