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Majority of employees reluctant to discuss mental health with employers - Nuffield Health survey

By Liam Tucker
4 August 2022

According to a new study from Nuffield Health, two-thirds of employees would feel uncomfortable raising mental or physical health issues with their employers. Furthermore, nearly half of those surveyed said physical health issues impact their mental health. Of those surveyed only 13 percent planned to speak to a mental health or emotional wellbeing expert.

The Healthier Nation Index is a yearly review of the UK’s mental and physical health. In less illuminated times, mental health issues were stigmatised. This has changed dramatically as people become far more aware of the intrinsic link between mental and physical wellbeing. 

The study’s findings highlight that compartmentalising both aspects of an individuals overall health is no longer an effective way of tackling issues with most experts agreeing that a holistic approach is advisable and can prevent long-term health conditions, rather than being reactive down the line.

Head of Primary Care at Epsom based Nuffield Health, Marc Holl said: “It’s worrying that so many individuals feel uncomfortable speaking to their employer about their wellbeing. And while it’s encouraging to see the gap between physical and mental health conversations continuing to narrow – with similar figures reported across both categories – it’s alarming that two-thirds of people still feel uncomfortable seeking support for either.

“We must remember we cannot treat physical or mental health alone. Taking a holistic view on health – including offering interventions that cover the full range of risks – is the only way to get back to maximum wellbeing and create a healthier nation.”

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