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Proper Legislation Needed To Stop Work Place Mental Health Costing £100 Billion A Year

Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

 

The modern workplace puts incredible strain on employees says union.

GMB, the general union, says proper legislation is needed to stop workplace mental health issues costing the UK economy almost £100 billion every year.

A report this morning, co-authored by Paul Farmer from Mental Health charity Mind, says up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year. [1]

The paper adds that poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year - a figure which dwarfs the £14billion cost of physical ill health.

Dan Shears, GMB National Officer, said:

“This report shows the urgent need for legislation and how the voluntary approach to work place mental health has utterly failed.

“The modern workplace puts incredible strain on employees.

“Workers need support and reasonable adjustments for existing conditions, and preventative action to stop mental ill health developing. “

Getting this right would save the UK economy almost £100 billion per year.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41740666

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