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Date Posted09/06/2018

Workplace Stress is A Health and Safety Issue

A recent report revealed that one third of people in Britain had experienced suicidal feelings. The stigmas associated with mental health are one of the reasons it has remained a taboo subject in the UK as it has in Australia, but in the construction sector, it is a major cause for concern, which is why we need to remove any negative stigmas attached to talking about it.

The report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) called for societal change in the treatment of mental health and new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as they do physical health and safety.

Unfortunately in Britain and in Australia, mental health is not given the same attention and care as physical health and safety, despite the negative consequences being well known.

The survey included 4600 UK adults and found that 3 out of 4 felt stressed and overwhelmed in the past year. Thirty two per cent of adults said they had experienced suicidal feelings due to stress.  Sixteen per cent said they had self-harmed due to stress.Young adults and women were the most affected.

The organisation responsible for the report called on government to introduce new standards for employers and consider psychological hazards in workplace safety assessments. See more at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/workplace-stress-suicide-mental-health-safety-regulations-awareness-week-a8347216.html

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