Why Majority Of Employees Are Not Comfortable With Discussing Mental Health At Work

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald May 05, 08:15 am
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The majority of the employees finds it difficult to discuss their mental health struggles at work. Despite going through challenges that affect their workload, the majority prefers to stay mum due to the fear of being judged.

A survey involving 1,104 employed adults in Britain share their work-life experience and their views on mental health. Ninety-four percent of the employees mention that they refuse to tell their boss regarding their mental health status. The majority of which, share that they find in uncomfortable to talk about their anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder to their superior.

Employees may find it difficult to open up about their mental health, but there are companies that are willing to help them with their struggle. A British employee, Oliver, shares his personal experience as to how his manager helped him cope with his trauma after being attacked.

"He helped point me in the right direction in terms of who to speak to at work, a confidential advice line we have at Laing O'Rourke, who helped me start therapy and has really helped me since then in terms of getting my career on track and do what I can to really help myself," Oliver tells BBC during an interview.

Mental health is one of the most sensitive issues that needs to be discussed. Educating children and teenagers about it is vital for them to be more open about the topic. Schools are urged to discuss mental health, especially depression and anxiety as these are common among teenagers and young adults.

Students spend more time in school than they do at home, which makes awareness and mental health crucial. The American Psychological Association highlights the importance of mental health, stating that it plays an essential role in the child's overall wellness.

More than 10 million youth are said to have mental health problems in the United states alone. These numbers continually increase, thus the need for education and awareness among schools and the mainstream media are encouraged.

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