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Lack of mental health reporting in FTSE 100 firms

Almost nine in ten FTSE 100 employers underreport mental health problems in the workplace, according to a report.

A study from Lockton Benefits said that 88 per cent of these firms did not report their mental health statistics, heightening the risk of 'further stigmatising mental health' and creating a 'fear factor felt by suffering employees'.

Only two in five acknowledged that mental health was an issue, with less than a third able to say they have health programmes in place.

A similar proportion said they had health and wellness screening programmes for staff.

Not stigmatised or downplayed

Chris Rofe, Senior Vice President of Lockton Benefits, said, 'Employees need to know exactly where to go and who to contact if they experience mental health challenges while in-post.

'They also need the security of knowing that mental health will be treated exactly as what it is, an illness, and given the proper support, treatment and confidence to return to work, when fit to do so.

'Mental health must not be stigmatised or downplayed; if the fear factor is there, employees will not feel able to speak out and the problems will likely increase.'

Acas publications and services

Acas has published the pdf icon Promoting positive mental health in the workplace [386kb] to help employers tackle mental health issues in the workplace. The booklet sets out practical measures to improve wellbeing, and to build supportive working environments.

Acas can help you review your health and wellbeing arrangements and find ways to reduce organisational stress. See Stress: how Acas can help for more details.

Practical Acas training on related areas is also available on Mental health awareness training for employers, Stress, Managing absence at work and essential Skills for supervisors.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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