Why Mental Health Matters

Here's some facts and figures:

  • Every 40 seconds someone in the world loses their life to suicide. (2019 figures)

  • 24 July 2017 - click here to see 7 latest stats about mental health and the UK economy from the Institute of Directors

  • 44% employers see reported mental health issues increasing.

  • £26billion a year cost to UK employers due to mental ill health absence.

  • £105billion a year cost to the UK economy – roughly the cost of the entire NHS.

  • Mental ill health is the biggest cause of workplace absenteeism overtaking muscular skeletal
    (although how much muscular skeletal ‘masked’ mental ill health is unknown)

  • Biggest cause of ‘presenteeism’- employees not fully functioning due to mental ill health.

  • 1 in 4 British adults diagnosed with mental ill health each year.

  • 1 in 10 children aged 5 to 16 have clinically diagnosed mental dis-order.

  • Mental health issues represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK.

  • Mental health is an important risk factor/often present in other diseases.

  • 450 million people affected by mental health issues worldwide.

  • Students/graduates with disabilities are a huge area of untapped talent; businesses are missing out on this talent pool.

  • Most people (circa 70%) with mental health problems can get better.

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for men between 20 and 34 in England and Wales, representing 24% of all deaths in 2013, and for men aged 35-49, at 13% of deaths.

  • Mental health is becoming recognised as a workplace asset.

  • Here’s the latest mental health report:

    Thriving at Work, The Stevenson / Farmer October 2017 review of mental health and employers, in response to the UK Government’s request for an independent review of how employers can better support the mental health.