The cost of poor mental health

The cost of poor mental health

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Poor mental health is costing up to 300000 jobs a year, a report commissioned by Theresa May has found.

The report says that people suffering from mental health issues costs the UK economy up to £99 billion a year, and claims there is a lack of support from employers.

It also found that people with long term mental health problems were leaving their jobs double the rate of their colleagues.

The review recommends employers should create an environment where mental health is an open conversation, and routinely monitor their employee’s wellbeing.

Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the leading mental health charity Mind, said the problem is made worse by the way mental health remains a “taboo subject” in many workplaces.

May has said the civil service and NHS will sign up to the new recommendations, and recommends the private sector to follow suit.

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