Opinion  

Mental health stigma in workplace must be eradicated

Vanessa Sallows

Further research from Legal & General found that over half (51 per cent) of employees who have experienced feelings of stress, anxiety or depression in the workplace suffer from the conditions at least once a week.

To address this issue, Legal & General also recently launched its Mental Health First Aiders programme along with computer-based training for line managers. These two new initiatives are fundamental steps in looking after the health and wellbeing of a firm’s employees and something we are passionate about.

Mental health in the workplace is a serious issue that employers need to consider very carefully. Advisers are in a very good position to encourage their clients to have open and honest discussions in the workplace and give a voice to those individuals who are suffering.

By doing so, professional and personal relationships will improve, and businesses can begin to eradicate the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace.

Vanessa Sallows is benefits and governance director for Legal & General Group Protection