Mental health

LGBT+ people make up between 2-5% of the population of the UK but are still experiencing high levels of discrimination in the workplace and significant inequalities, especially around mental health and wellbeing.
Working with Pride combines insights from two of BITC’s flagship studies (Mental Health at Work and Equal Lives) produced in partnership with Mercer Marsh and Santander, to shine a light on the issues facing LGBT+ people in the workplace. The report finds that:
Nearly three-quarters of LGBT+ people said that they had experienced mental health problems relating to work (74%)
Experience of mental health issues was a third higher among LGBT+ employees
Younger LGBT+ employees were found to be particularly vulnerable
Gay & bi+ employees are not accessing carers’ support as much as their colleagues
Based on the findings in this report we have made three core recommendations for businesses to act upon: Recognise, Respond and Role Model.

Talk: Break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health by taking the Time to Change Employers Pledge 
Train: Invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees 
Take action:  Implement the practical guidance found in Business in the Community's mental health for employers toolkit 

Business is waking up to the scale of poor mental health in the workplace, but there is still a long way to go.  Our second National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey in partnership with YouGov, part of a three-year collaborative project with business and five national partners, reveals that although there has been progress against our three calls to action and recommendations in the 2016 report, too many men and women with mental health issues are suffering in silence in work, unable to seek help from colleagues or managers.  Fears of prejudice and exclusion are limiting employee's ability to achieve their full potential. 
 

Talk: Break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health by taking the Time to Change Employers Pledge 
Train: Invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees 
Take action:  Close the gap by asking all staff their experiences to identify the disconnects that exist in the organisation

We undertook a national survey to understand the reality of how mental health is experienced at work.  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.
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.  Employers have a duty of care to their employees to respond to mental ill health just as theywould 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.
This guide is designed to help you identify suitable mental health awareness training for your employees, as part of a broader strategy to create an open, supportive culture around mental health.