Call to ‘speak out against stress’ as part of global awareness day

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On 1 November 2017, as part of its annual International Stress Awareness Day, the International Stress Management Association UK (ISMAUK) will be calling on employers to do more to tackle stress in the workplace.

The global awareness day, which is now in its twentieth year, has as its theme for 2017 – ‘Speak up and Speak out about Stress.’

According to the latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) during 2015/16:

  • The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety was 488,000 cases – a prevalence rate of 1,510 per 100,000 workers
  • The total number of working days lost due to stress was 11.7 million days – equal to an average of 23.9 days lost per case
  • Stress accounted for 37 per cent of all work-related ill health cases and 45 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health

The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

Lara Murray, an Associate Solicitor and workplace law expert with Palmers, will be one of a panel of experts who will be speaking at the MindsMatter conference, being held at the Holiday Inn, Southend on Sea on 1 November.

Organised as part of International Stress Awareness Day, in partnership with Mind (South East and Central England) and WeWorkWell, the conference aims to educate and inform employers and employees alike; providing strategies for ways to live a happier and healthier life.

Lara commented: “This awareness day is an opportunity for employers to think carefully about how they deal with mental health in the workplace and whether there is a culture which enables employees to speak out about the issues they are facing without the worry of being stigmatised or disadvantaged.

“Employers are on the front-line when it comes to tackling stress and other mental health issues and it is important that they understand their legal and health and safety duties, in order to maintain a healthy, motivated and, ultimately, productive workforce.”

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