How to deal with mental health discrimination at work
The 10 October 2018 is World Mental Health Day which is designed to educate, raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health.
Mental health issues affect millions of people across the country and impact businesses and employees alike. Five million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/2017, with women in full-time employment nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem compared to full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and according to recent figures, 15% of employees who disclosed a mental health issue face disciplinary procedures, demotion or dismissal. This may explain why only a third of 18 to 29-year olds are comfortable talking to their manager about mental health issues compared to almost half of people in their 40s.
Less than a quarter of line managers have received any training in mental health and it raises a number of important issues for those who may be dealing with discrimination in the workplace.
Click the link below to hear from DAS Law Principal Associate Solicitor Hannah Parsons what people need to know if they feel they are being treated unfairly at work because of their mental health…
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