Stress survey finds many 'overwhelmed or unable to cope'

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And research from the Government's recent review shows that poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year.

The survey is part of their campaign: 'Where's Your Head At?' which surveyed readers and listeners from their brands including, heat, Grazia, KISS, Empire, Magic and Absolute Radio in collaboration with mental health campaigner Natasha Devon MBE and the Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) England. If you have a story to tell, a support service to offer or some good advice to share, drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we'll share them on our socials. Understanding more about stress and its effect on both employees and employers is a good starting point.

The charity spoke with nearly 44,000 employees, and it revealed that 48 per cent were experiencing stress, low mood, anxiety or other mental health issues while still working.

But when stress interferes with our lives, it becomes a problem.

"We have to acknowledge that stress can jeopardise mental wellness". There are always going to be hard, stressful periods in people's professional or personal lives and as a major employer within the legal sector, we believe it is important that people know that help is available for them during these critical times and they can seek support during any period of ill health, be it physical or mental.

The cover will also provide ongoing support for the monitoring and maintenance of diagnosed mental health conditions, to help employees manage their condition and prevent worsening symptoms.

In the minute-message, the Duke of Cambridge said: "Just starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference, when you talk about something you have less reason to fear it".

The company's latest report 'Employee Wellbeing Research 2018', carried out in association with Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) found that 60% of United Kingdom chief executives say mental health is the area of employee wellbeing they are most concerned about.

20% of respondents claimed they had been off work due to stress, but a 67% said they had felt stressed at work - for a period of one week or more - during the past 12 months.

Debut founder and CEP Charlie Taylor said supporting graduates as they transitioned from university to work should be a major consideration for employers.

"This week organisations across the county are taking the opportunity to open up conversations about stress and help our residents develop healthy coping strategies". And in a busy working world, it's easy for employees to slip into bad habits such as checking emails late at night and over the weekend.

Best Mental Health Initiative (including an SME category and larger companies category) for a company with less than 500 employees/ more than 500 employees implementing a programme that enabled employees and employers to discuss, learn and take action towards addressing mental health in the workplace.

Some employers go further and prohibit employees from eating lunch at their desks or sending emails out of operating hours.

"It's really important for us because people in the rural areas of West Sussex often are quite cut off, there aren't as many services for people".

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