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According to the Department of Health one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. Thankfully as a society we are recognising the need to take proactive steps to address and improve mental health.
Mental health problems cost employers in the UK £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence. This is a significant issue for employers.
Employers have a duty not to discriminate against mental health problems classed as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. They must also consider making 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled employees or job applicants.
The Acas website provides a detailed guide on Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace. There is also advice on managing staff who are experiencing mental ill health and on managing stress and anxiety in the workplace.