51% of employees want more employer-led mental health support

Half of employees think their employer should offer more mental health support

Just over half (51%) of employees believe their employers should be offering more to support employee mental health, according to research by Secondsight.

Its survey of 530 employees also found that 75% of respondents’ organisations do offer some form of mental health support.

Just under half (48%) of respondents, aged between 35 and 44, said that there is still cultural stigma associated with mental health in their workplace, with over-half (56%) of respondents aged between 21 to 34 citing the same.

Additionally, employees aged 21 to 34 are more likely to be aware of the role that mental health plays in everyone’s lives.

Matthew Mitten, partner at Secondsight, said: “While we know that mental wellbeing is spoken about more freely than it ever has been, it’s disappointing that our research highlights the continuing social stigma attached to mental health.

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“Many people keep their mental health problems hidden, yet they’d have no problem telling their employer about a physical illness they were experiencing.

“Sadly, this is a continuing problem, with our research indicating that those aged between 21 to 34 are feeling this stigma more than most. It’s evident we still need to see real changes within the workplace.”