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300,000 people lose jobs each year due to poor mental health

300,000 people lose jobs each year due to poor mental health
From BBC - October 25, 2017

An estimated 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year, a report has found.

It also found poor mental health costs the UK economy up to 99bn each year.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who commissioned the report, said it showed "we need to take action". She is asking NHS England and the civil service to accept the recommendations.

Paul Farmer, who co-authored the report, said mental health was still a taboo subject in many workplaces.

Mr Farmer, who is chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, said: "Opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure that employees who may be struggling get the support they need.

"In many instances employers simply do not understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support."

The review makes 40 recommendations about how employers and the government can better support employees to remain at work, such as through creating an online wellbeing portal and using digital technology to support workers in the gig economy.

Companies are also being encouraged to include a section on employee mental health in their annual reports.Currently only 11% of companies do this, the report found.

"Returning to work was just so frightening"

One employer the report praised is the insurer Aviva.

James Tringham has worked for them for seven years.He said the company helped him get his life back on track after it was crippled by his bipolar disorder:

"In 2009 I'd reached crisis point with my mental health, and I gave up my career as a solicitor.

The review says employers should:

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