The physical and emotional symptoms resulting from a mental health condition can make working very difficult and this could result in the employee feeling very vulnerable and engaging in what are sometimes unhealthy coping strategies. This can lead to even more problems at work and at home. A study conducted by Simply Health highlighted that 56% of the UK working population feel that disclosing a mental health issue could hamper their career prospects. But not telling anyone can make things worse. By getting the right help as quickly as possible will mean that the employee has a chance to avoid ending up in a destructive negative cycle and can learn and engage in new healthier strategies which will often enable a quicker return to work or in some cases not needing time off at all.
What some companies are finding, is that caring for employee wellbeing, and giving support to people who suffer from mental health issues can provide a wealth of benefits that are not only for the people who are receiving the support. This can range from a rise in employee motivation and loyalty to less sick days taken.
With the rise in work place absences due to stress, if employees are just left to carry on and internalise their struggles, these absences are likely to continue to increase.