A report by Business in the Community, in partnership with MHFA England and Mind, found that as many as 1.2 million United Kingdom employees have faced demotion, disciplinary or dismissal, after disclosing their mental health issues at work.
According to the analysis, this drains £99 billion from the economy.
Chief executive of the charity Mind, Paul Farmer, says the issue of mental health is often treated as a taboo subject in workplaces and that opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure employees who may be struggling get the support they need: "In many instances employers simply don't understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support".
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Most of the media led with headlines stating that 300,000 people with long-term mental health conditions leave work each year - twice the rate of those without mental health conditions. It found that 300,000 people in the United Kingdom lose their jobs every year due to poor mental health and estimated that 15% of the workforce has symptoms of an existing mental health condition.
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A new report has found one in six British workers struggle with mental health issues and hundreds of thousands lose their jobs as a result.
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'So we need to take action.
Recommendations for the government include introducing legal changes to enhance protection for people with mental health conditions and the development of a more flexible model for statutory sick pay, to help people return to work gradually. That's why I am immediately asking NHS England and the Civil Service, which together employ more than two million people, to accept the recommendations that apply to them, ' she said.
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He said it was always challenging within the society to discuss health issues with the stigma attached to mental issues, adding that mental health patients can be productive within the workplace, "and by raising this awareness, we can help reduce the stigma by bringing out to the public that there are professionals who are ready and available to help those in need". The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out plans to improve access to high quality care close to home and more money has been allocated to develop these vital services.