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.