Friends Provident has partnered with Mind to produce a guide for employers aimed at exploding some of the myths that continue to cloud understanding of mental health in the workplace.
The new guide produced by leading mental health charity Mind is designed to help employers understand the nature of mental health problems and includes guidance on how to encourage a mentally healthy working environment.
The partnership with Mind is part of Friends Provident's ongoing commitment to help companies reduce absence in the workplace, following the recent launch of its employee assistance programme. With mental health problems accounting for 29% of all group income protection claims paid out by Friends Provident in 2009, the insurer is urging employers to consider how best to address this long-term cause of absence.
One in five employers reported an increase in mental health problems amongst their employees (including anxiety and depression) in the last 12 months, indicating the growing incidence of this condition in light of the current economic environment.
Declan White of Friends Provident comments, “It is no secret that growing numbers of us will experience mental health problems in our lifetime. But despite the increased awareness, many employers are still in the dark about how best to support staff to help them either remain in or return to work following any mental health problems. The guide from MIND offers insightful hints and tips for employers and is a must-have for all employers."