BiTC Mental Health at Work Survey 2018

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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 people in order to develop recommendations for business to improve.

The 2017 survey findings highlighted:

  • Three out of every five (60%) employees had experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor
  • 84% of managers accepted that employee wellbeing is their responsibility yet less than a quarter (24%) had received any training in mental health
  • Shockingly in 15% of cases where employees disclosed a mental health issue to a line manager, the employee subsequently became subject to disciplinary procedures, demotion or dismissal.

“UK EAPA welcomes and supports the BiTC Mental Health at Work survey and the insights it provides into how attitudes towards mental health in the work place are changing,” said Neil Mountford, chair, UK EAPA.  “EAP is a key resource and source of support on these issues which is available to an increasing number of employees and we would like to encourage our members to support and promote this year’s survey.”

The survey is open to anyone in the UK who is employed or self-employed and over the age of 16, all responses are anonymous and the survey can be completed at

The survey will close on 27 July with the report and recommendations due to be published in October.

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