56% are offered reasonable adjustments to support their mental health

More than half (56%) of respondents who disclose poor mental health at work are offered reasonable adjustments or support measures, such as changes to working hours or adjusted job duties, according to research by mental health charity Mind.

Its Workplace wellbeing index, which surveyed 15,022 employees at 29 organisations, also found 54% of respondents feel that their line manager supports their mental health.

The research also found:

  • 73% of respondents who have line manager responsibilities feel confident in supporting a member of staff who is experiencing a mental health problem.
  • 26% of respondents would seek support from their manager if they were experiencing a mental health problem.
  • 53% of respondents who disclose experiencing poor mental health at work feel supported, and 72% of respondents are made aware of support tools such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs), counselling, staff support networks, or informal buddying systems.
  • 12% of respondents report experiencing poor mental health, and more than a quarter (26%) of these respondents attribute this to problems at work.

Emma Mamo (pictured), head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, said: “In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

“Our research shows that mental health problems are very common among employees who work for organisations of various sizes and sectors. Fortunately, forward-thinking employers are making mental health a priority and we’re delighted to recognise and celebrate those who’ve taken part in our Workplace wellbeing index.”