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Work is the biggest threat to mental health, report suggests

Two in five employees struggle with depression today, and one in two battles stress, reveals the latest report from JobSage. While mental health concerns persist and employers attempt to address the issue, the gap in effort and impact continues.
Work is the biggest threat to mental health, report suggests

Latest report from JobSage, an employer review platform,  has found that mental health issues are the biggest reason for more than a quarter (28%) of recent employee exits. With work topping the list of negative influences on mental health, here is what the workforce today is feeling:

  • Stress (55%)
  • Depression (38%)
  • Lack of motivation (37%)
  • Anxiety (36%)
  • Anger (31%)
  • Burnout (28%)

With these alarming statistics, it is indeed worrisome that one in five workers say their employer does not do enough to support their mental health.

While work is negatively influencing mental health for a significant proportion of the respondents, another report revealed that more than half (53%) agree the reverse is true - their work is suffering because of poor mental health.

In fact, despite earlier concerns of utilisation of mental health benefits, owing to stigmatisation and lack of awareness, the JobSage report revealed nearly nine in 10 (86%) employees who have mental health benefits use them, most often for online therapy (57%), emotional support lines (55%) and in-person therapy (50%).

Some of the other mental health benefits offered include flexibility (40%), mental health coverage (39%), access to counselling (36%), wellness programs (32%) and access to mental health programs (31%).

While mental health concerns persist and employers attempt to address the issue, the gap in effort and impact continues. Over two-thirds (68%) employers state they have enhanced their well-being proposition, however, just a little over half (51%) of employees say their employer is more focused on their total well-being, according to another report.

“Now, more than ever, employees are looking for employers that align with their values and personal goals,” says JobSage.

“A strong mental health strategy allows an employer to set a framework, identify gaps, address employee preferences and cover needs across the entire spectrum of mental health conditions,” the report suggested.

“Digital platforms for scientifically validated therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can make it easier to offer solutions to all employees, improving access to care options outside of traditional face-to-face counselling.” 

With greater awareness on mental health issues, there is still a gap in efforts to meet the needs of those who require professional help. As organisations look towards strengthening their offerings for talent, embedding and advocating mental health support will serve as a meaningful offering that not only supports the workforce in need, but also enhances the ability of colleagues and leaders to weave a sense of psychological safety for all.

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Topics: Wellbeing, #MentalHealth

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