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Ecosse : Workers worried that their depression will be used against them

le 25 avril 2016

[See Me] NEARLY a quarter (23%) of Scottish workers wouldn’t discuss a mental health problem at work for fear of the reaction they would receive. This Depression Awareness Week See Me has called on employers to improve the way depression and mental health is approached in work.

Newly published figures, from a YouGov survey of 1165 Scottish workers commissioned by See Me, found that only 30 per cent think their manager cares about their emotional wellbeing, while 23 per cent wouldn’t discuss a mental health problem if they had one, for fear of the reaction from others.

Recent stats from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre showed that 640,000 working days were lost to depression last year, costing the economy £54.6m.

The See Me in Work Programme wants workplaces to create more open cultures so speaking about mental health conditions like depression is a common everyday occurrence and people can get help when they need it.

This has been supported by accountant Joseph Bannatyne, who was told he was “running out of time” after being referred to an occupational health therapist by a former employer when he experienced depression.

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