The Government’s Department of Health advises that at least one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. With regard to the employment market, it is estimated that mental health problems cost UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, absence and recruitment costs.
Depression is possibly the most common mental illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people reported to have been affected.
According to Acas, the most common forms of mental ill health are:
- Phobic anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorders.
Currently, there are in fact over 200 recognised mental health disorders, which typically fall into the following groups:
- Mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)
- Eating disorders
- Trauma-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Substance abuse disorders.
Employer duties toward mental health
As awareness of the scale of mental health issues is growing rapidly, with that follows the need to increase our understanding of how people experiencing mental ill health can be supported in the workplace.