Only 14% workers feel comfortable talking about mental health

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2019

MHFA England chief executive Simon Blake OBE said: "Despite the increased awareness around mental health in the workplace, employees are telling us that there is still a significant gap in how we think and act about physical and mental health at work".

Ms Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people". Two in five (40%) said images on social media have caused them to worry about their body image, with 40% expressing that their friends have said something to cause them to worry about their body image.

"The majority of workers have felt stressed or anxious about work over the past year."
The survey also found less than a fifth of young people said that looking at social media "positively affected" how confident they felt about the way they look.

This comes as part of ongoing work by Central England to tackle the issue of mental health as part of a long-term commitment aimed at raising awareness about mental health problems.

For the younger generation, Griffin said concerns consisted of paying school fees, mortgages and saving for retirement, and advisers should work to help their clients create a financial plan that was suitable to their needs and, as such, should help improve their mental health. In addition to 40% of teens aged 13 to 19 worrying about their body image due to social media, nearly half of 18 to 25s said images on social media have caused them to worry about their own body image.

It will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups.


Studies have been widely contradictory in their findings around social media and poor mental health in recent years, with a number claiming social media isn't linked to poor mental health.

New research from the 'Where's Your Head At?' campaign at Bauer Media has found that employees are three times more likely to discuss physical ailments over mental health issues at work.

In February this year, the NHS called for a social media ban on "dubious" health products endorsed by social media stars, calling the endorsements "irresponsible and unsafe".

"This will build on our package of measures to improve the mental health of young people, and directly target the impact of social media and body image on mental wellbeing". Our report and survey uncovered evidence that both social media and online advertising are contributing to mental health problems for thousands of people across Scotland.

"If left unregulated, advertising will continue to present unattainable idealised bodies as aspirational". Lendlease transformed their organisational culture around mental health, creating a positive and safe environment for conversation and support.

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