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SPONSORED: The true impact of mental health in the workplace

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Having a poor work-life balance can cause some mental health issues and lead to or worsen other mental health issues too. One of the mental health problems that can be caused by a poor work-life balance is depression, and equally from there it is very easy for other mental health problems to take hold.

Developing these mental health issues or any others as a side effect of a poor work-life balance can not only affect your work, but also your personal life too.

Workplaces also have a part to play in supporting employees with their mental health too. Mental Health charities such as Mind and Samaritans offer packages that workplaces can use to help promote talk around mental health in the workplace, and also offer training to support workplaces in how to both properly support employees suffering from mental health issues and how to train up new staff members in mental health care.

Studies show that 21% of employees have called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them, and 42% saying that they had considered resigning, with 14% saying that they had resigned because of workplace stress, and 30% of employees said that they felt like they wouldn’t be able to talk openly with their line manager if they were feeling stressed.

Finally, 56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance. In another study, 33% of respondents said that they either feel unhappy or very unhappy about working long hours, and when working these long hours, 27% reported feeling depressed, 34% reported feeling anxious and 58% reported feeling irritable. The study also showed that women are more likely to report unhappiness than men (42% of women, compared to only 29% of men).

A good work-life balance is essential in order to maintain a happy life but finding that balance is different for everyone.

Don’t try and change everything at once, overnight. Start small, make a small change and gain confidence with that small change before you start making small improvements on it.

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