Working Minds champions ebulletin: Latest figures show stress, depression and anxiety at work on the rise

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Working Minds: Champions update

Issued: 16 December 2022

We’re nearly at the end of 2022, and Christmas is just around the corner.

Thank you for your continued support as a champion of the Working Minds campaign, please carry on sharing our messages across your own networks at this critical time of year for stress and mental health.

Latest HSE figures show stress, depression and anxiety at work continue to rise

HSE recently published the latest annual health and safety statistics for Great Britain.

The latest figures, for 2021/22, showed that half of all people off sick from work are suffering from stress, depression, or anxiety, with an estimated 914,000 cases of absence.

That’s an 11% rise from 2020/21, and an estimated 17 million working days lost.

This is why champions like yourselves are so important to the Working Minds campaign. Lets keep promoting good mental health and push for that culture change in your workplace.

You can highlight the importance of supporting good mental health to employers, particularly by reinforcing the Working Minds ‘Five Rs’.

Working Minds campaign looks at work-related stress, depression, and anxiety in the automotive sector

Motor repair trade organisations have joined forces with HSE's Working Minds campaign to tackle work-related stress in the industry ahead of Christmas.

Working Minds, together with our partners the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the commercial Vehicle Body Repair Association (VBRA), the Independent Garage Association (IGA), and automotive charity, Ben, are working together to provide information and advice to make sure that employers and workers know what support is available in the run-up to Christmas.

Ben has reported an increase in people asking for help during the winter months. The charity is currently running a confidential survey of people who work, or have worked, in the automotive sector to help them improve the support and services they provide.

Read more in our press release.

Champion exclusive webinar

Join us on 16 January for an interactive webinar, exclusively for Working Minds champions.

The webinar is being held on Monday 16 January 2023, 2.00 - 3.00pm.

We’ll talk you through the Working Minds campaign, what the law says about stress at work and share ideas of how you can use the campaign information and resources to best effect with discussion groups.

It’s also an opportunity for you to tell us what you would find useful from the campaign.

Sign up for the webinar

Latest blog: understanding stress - Work Right to keep Britain safe

Read a blog by Ellen Plumer, Head of Outreach, Health & Wellbeing at automotive charity Ben.

Ellen writes about the physical effects stress have on the human body, what to look out for, and what employers can do.

View the blog: understanding stress - Work Right to keep Britain safe

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Thank you for your continued support of the campaign, and wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!