Business in The Community Reveal Mental Health at Work Report 2017

3 in 5 employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or work-related matters and as a result can face demotion, disciplinary action or dismissal.


This Mental Health at Work report shows a shift in attitudes with 84 per cent of managers accepting employee well-being is their responsibility. The time has come to stop talking about the importance of good mental health at work, and act.

The report finds that:

  • Half of line managers would welcome training on mental health conditions and 35% report not having any workplace facilities or services to support employee mental health and wellbeing.
  • Just 11% of people felt able to disclose a mental health issue to their line manager.
  • Young people are more likely to have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition (37% vs 29% of employees in their 50s) – but less likely to disclose these concerns to their bosses then older workers. Only a third of 18-29-year olds are comfortable talking with their managers about mental health compared to almost half of people in their 40s.
  • Women are more likely to report experiencing mental health issues related to work (64% reporting issues compared to 56% of men).
  • Mental health is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about at work. Out of the nine equality and social issues asked about in the survey, people find it more comfortable talking about 7 other issues including race, age, physical health and religious beliefs. 
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees are less likely to feel comfortable talking about mental health at work (43% compared to 54% of white employees).
  • There is a disconnect between how senior leaders and employees view this issue. 61% of owners, CEO’s and Managing Directors believe their employee’s mental health is well supported compared to 40% of non-managers.

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