A survey of 1,200 people within the UK has revealed that one in three people are finding it difficult to cope at work due to psychological factors such as stress and depression. The survey was published by the Depression Alliance as part of Depression Awareness Week which came to an end earlier this month. Following on from the results of the survey, a new report entitled ‘Depression in the Workplace in Europe: new insights from business leaders’ is showing how some of the largest company’s in the UK such as Royal Mail, Barclays and Unilever are implementing new policies to tackle depression in the workplace. These new policies will be providing greater levels of structured support for affected employees.
Tim Munden, Vice President HR, Unilever UK commented “At Unilever we firmly believe that addressing depression through our mental health policies benefits both our business and our employees. We aim for a 10% reduction by 2015 in work-related mental ill-health cases and working days lost to mental ill-health.”
Emer O’Neill, CEO of Depression Alliance commented “Depression is the biggest mental health challenge among working-age people and often leads to considerable loneliness and isolation at work. However, many companies aren’t properly equipped to manage employees who suffer from depression so providing support to these individuals in the workplace is essential. We have just launched, Friends in Need, which provides anyone with depression with a free and easy way to connect, either online or by meeting in groups and taking part in local activities, all of which help stop the feelings of loneliness and isolation.”
For more information visit www.depressionalliance.org