An alarming new report has some bad news for mental health illness, a growing problem around the world.
Mental health is surging all around the world as mankind comes to grip with the health crisis of the modern age, and still most of the cases out there remain unseen, hidden because of shame over stereotypes or stigma. And the amount of people who are hiding is mind boggling, according to a new report.
The organization Business in the Community (BITC), which operates out of the United Kingdom, says in a new report that mental health illness remains very much in a cone of silence in the workplace, and in a truly astonishing survey of 20,000 people, they found that a whopping three in four had experience poor mental health at one point in their lives. That means a minority of people have never endured a mental health crisis at some point in their lives.
“We undertook a national survey to understand the reality of how mental health is experienced at work,” BITC said in a statement. “The survey results tell us that progress is being made but there is a need for greater organisational awareness of the support required for better mental health at work. Significant and potentially damaging disconnects exist that demand an urgent response from business.”
And it has a huge impact on business, with the Centre for Mental Health estimating that employers lost out on 26 billion pounds each year, which comes out to $31 billion. And a full third of that could be saved if business managers were simply more cognizant and proactive about mental health in the workplace.
“Employers need to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor,” BITC added. “Employers have a duty of care to their employees to respond to mental ill health just as they would to a physical illness. Organisations should equip their managers with the tools, support and organisational culture they need to do their job well, which must include managing employees with mental health issues. It makes good business sense to foster a culture of openness that supports employees with a mental health issue to work and stay in work.
“We know that there is no one single solution to stop thousands of employees from suffering in silence. We are asking employers to undertake a three-step action plan to tackle the barriers. These calls to action alongside our recommendations will support employers to embed an ethos of parity of mental and physical health throughout their organisation.”
It’s a worldwide crisis that has spread to growing economies, like in India and Pakistan, the latter of which is pushing for governmental programs that would assist with mental health problems, according to a report from the Guardian, which quotes Professor Syed Mohammad Sultan, who says that 50 percent of children in the Peshawar province have symptoms of mental health issues. And this is despite the fact that there are only three child psychiatry departments in the entire country, according to various reports.
A total of 13.7 percent of the population of India suffers from mental health disorders, according to one report, with 10.6 percent of them requiring immediate attention. Mental health issues could be found particularly high in urban areas, and it spanned a large range of illnesses, from schizophrenia, mood disorders and neurotic issues.
Authorities think that our modern fast-paced lifestyles and the complexity of modern life, as well as instability all around us, can contribute to these problems. There also remains a harsh stigma against mental disorders, with 80 percent of those with mental problems not receiving treatment in more than year.