World Mental Health Day is taking place on 10 October 2021. This year’s theme is “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. The global pandemic has highlighted, and amplified, inequalities throughout the world, and how they impact on an individual’s mental health.
According to Mind, in England, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year. Facing social inequality and discrimination are factors linked to the causes of mental health problems.
World Mental Health Day may only last for one day, but for employers and employees, it exists every day. Mental health problems are the main causes of sickness absence in England.
Employers have a duty of care towards their employee’s, including the employee’s mental health. The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals from discrimination, this may include circumstances where an employee has been discriminated against because of a mental health condition.
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Employers should proactively review any policies that they have, including those relating to sickness absences and discrimination
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