A report by researchers from University College Cork Ireland concluded that 76% of Irish employers see employee mental health and wellbeing as their responsibility.
The finding, which is based on a survey of 1,501 firms employing ten or more workers, is based on employers’ response when asked to what extent they agreed with the statement that “Mental health is a personal issue and not one which should be addressed at work”. Fifty-five percent disagreed strongly with the statement and 21% slightly agreed.
Commenting Maurice Quinlan Director of the EAP Institute pointed to the recommendation by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which recommends the development of a structured approach to the problems of workplace mental health and provides guidance to its members to think prevention, safety, compliance, risk assessment, and employee support therapy.
To download a copy of the UCC report, click on: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/mandc/