Time to re-think mental illness

New data reveals British people would rather talk to their colleagues about relationship issues, money problems and even sex, then broach the topic of mental health. Manning Global looks at the stats and what can be done to address this…  

A survey for Time to Change of 2,000 British workers suggests mental health remains one of the last taboos in the workplace, showing that, despite progress, there is still a lot more work to do in 2023 to combat the stigma of mental health.

When asked to select from a list of topics they felt they could talk openly about with their colleagues:

  • 30% felt comfortable discussing a relationship break-up;
  • 26% money problems
  • 20% dating advice
  • 19% religion
  • 18% sex; while only
  • 13% said mental health, with the topic ranking lowest out of a total 10 subjects.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year and yet Time to Change says these figures show that when it comes to employment the vast majority of people still feel unable to speak openly about their mental health with their line managers and even their close colleagues. Indeed, Aon’s recent Benefits and Trends Survey reported a 13 percentage-point rise in work-related mental health issues, however it also found employers are investing more in proactive mental health initiatives.

According to the survey, employers’ attempts to tackle workplace mental health and stress have increased from 36% to 42% since the previous year, with managers being trained to spot symptoms and offer better resilience support to staff. Encouragingly though, while people still feel uncomfortable talking about their own mental health, the Time to Change survey shows they do want to support others. Over half said they would support a colleague if they noticed they were struggling with their mental health. 

Time to rethink mental health, not just on #WorldMentalHealthDay but every day: talk, listen, learn – & most importantly – reach out to others; it’s ok not to be ok.

You’re only human.

However, talking about your feelings – and encouraging others to talk about theirs – is always a good thing; it really can save lives!

However you do it, start a conversation about mental health today.



Change lives.

A person who is mentally healthy has the power to face all kinds of challenges in life!

Did you know?🤔

Burnout and other stress-related symptoms affect 91% of respondents to a Deloitte survey, asserting that an “unmanageable amount of stress or frustration negatively impacts the quality of their work.”

So let’s be more careful in our dealings with our colleagues!

Self-care is Key! 💚

Burnout can be caused by prolonged stress, and it’s often work-related – although not always!

Burnout describes a deep physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that often develops slowly – so being able to identify when your emotional & physical state starts developing towards burnout & intervening early is very important.

Communication, whether written, verbal or through body language, is the only sure way to let your colleagues know that you care & understand them.

Tell others, repeatedly, that you respect them, where they stand and where they are coming from.

Let them know that you take their perspectives into account when making decisions.

Make it clear that you acknowledge the stress they are under.

Thanks to igototherapy for the tips and the top infographic!

Time to change – let’s end mental health discrimination – more information on #WorldMentalHealthDay can be found here 

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