A nationwide study has found that 82 percent of Leicester workers have felt stressed, anxious or depressed as a result of their job.
Over a third (34 percent) of respondents put this down to pressure to perform or hit targets, 32 percent blamed a negative working atmosphere, and 30 percent said the workload was too much.
The study, conducted in October by TalkOut – an organisation created to remove the stigma surrounding mental health within the workplace – found that in total, over two thirds (67 percent) of Leicester workers have struggling with a mental health issue that has impacted their ability to work.
But of these, only 36% felt supported by their bosses and 72 percent believe that if they told their boss they were suffering from a mental health issue, it would have a negative impact on their job.
65 percent of Leicester employees have pretended to have had a physical ailment to take sick leave, when in reality they were struggling mentally.
And when asked why they felt the need to hide their mental illness from their employer, 40 percent believed it was a sign of weakness, 29 percent didn’t think their colleagues would be sympathetic, and 46 percent worried about how it reflect on them within the organisation.
The study found that when workers do open up about their mental health problems – the consequences can sometimes be dire.When Leicester workers did make the decision to open up about their mental health issues, 25 percent felt side-lined and 28 per cent even walked out of work or quit their job.
What’s more, 50 percent of the Leicester workers surveyed said they’d seen someone pushed out of their job because of their mental health issues.
So, it’s no shock that over 67 percent of Leicester employees would feel deeply uncomfortable broaching the issue with their employer.
And an overwhelming 93 percent of respondents believe management should be trained in dealing with mental health issues.
Jill Mead, Co-Founder and Managing Director of TalkOut, comments: "The findings from our research are a real cause for concern and clearly demonstrate that not enough is being done to reduce the long-standing stigma and discrimination around mental health within the workplace.
"If we’re going to make any progress, mental health needs to stop being seen as a taboo, particularly in professional environments, and there needs to be an understanding and acknowledgement that people with mental health conditions can often thrive at work with the right support.”