Watch out: Prince William's new mental health initiative

Watch out: Prince William's new mental health initiative

Watch out: Prince William's new mental health initiative

A "STEP CHANGE" in workplace culture is needed in order to address mental health issues, a charity has said, after it revealed that nearly half of workers have experienced problems such as anxiety, low mood and stress.

This suggests as many as one in four United Kingdom workers is struggling in silence with problems such as anxiety, low mood and stress, the researchers said.

Speaking at a mental health event in Bristol, he said: "I took a lot home without realising it".

The Duke of Cambridge, on Tuesday, attended the launch of a new project called Mental Health at Work, set up by two charities namely: Heads Together - which Prince William co-founded with his wife Catherine and Prince Harry - and Mind Charity.

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"Half the people at work are living with a mental health problem - either now or it's in the past".

Previous research by Mind revealed that one in three employers did not know where to look for guidance on mental health issues. Whether work environments contribute to the degradation of mental health or exacerbates conditions outside of the person's control, there's never been a more pertinent time for tools available to help those in work.

William, 36, wants a "big shift in working culture" to ensure dealing with mental health is a part of the everyday working life.

Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: "Over the last few years employers have begun to take staff wellbeing more seriously and we know that many are doing great work around mental health in the workplace".

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But being a supportive manager can make a huge difference.

Half of all employees are impacted by poor mental health. The gateway gives managers the tools they need.

A study conducted by Deloitte last year also showed that "mental health issues cost United Kingdom employers between £33 billion and £42 billion each year".

Furthermore, the impact of mental health issues doesn't just affect the personal life of the person who is living with it, it also has repercussions for businesses and the economy.

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