Watch out: Prince William's new mental health initiative

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 13, 2018

At the event in Bristol, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of dealing with his own mental health during his time as an air ambulance pilot. The initiative was announced in February.

The website, an online gateway to resources, training, and information, allows companies and managers to better understand and support staff that may be struggling at work and remove the stigma when it comes to mental health issues including stress, depression, anxiety as well as manic depression and schizophrenia.

A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The new website comes as a survey finds that 48 percent of United Kingdom employees have experienced mental health problems in their current job.

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

The Duke will give a speech during the event followed by Antonio Horta Osorio, chief executive of Lloyds Bank, who is expected to talk about his own experiences of workplace problems.

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'I think that for the medical community, particularly, must weigh a lot on their minds.

"As employers, we have a real opportunity to change the way we approach mental health, giving our people the support they need to thrive".

Faye McGuiness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes at Mind, said: "From the initial work on naming, through branding and onto the design of the website, working with Rachel and her team has been great".

Michael Boaden, from Carlisle Eden Mind said 'the findings of this survey whilst a matter of serious concern will not come as surprise to many employers in the local area. Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work. Furthermore poor mental health at work costs the United Kingdom economy between £72bn and £99bn.

25%: This is the year-on-year increase of the number of days taken off work because of mental health issues.

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