After a long 18 months, employees are slowly returning to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease and here at St John Ambulance, we believe that mental health is more important than ever. Now is the time to put the spotlight back onto mental health to ensure your employees feel mentally and emotionally supported on their return to the workplace.

In the UK, depression, stress, and anxiety are the largest cause of sickness absence. Every year, mental illness costs UK businesses around £35 billion, £10.6 billion of which is lost to sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in substituting staff members who vacate their roles due to mental illness.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year

Take our mental health quiz to test your knowledge on mental health terms and key statistics.

Mental health quiz

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What is the following statement describing? A state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stress of life and work productively.

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The answer is Positive Mental Health.

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A study led by St John Ambulance revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on mental health. How many people felt that that their mental health got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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The answer is 2 in 5 people.

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__________ is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.

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The answer is Stress.

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Our recent survey found that ________ have considered leaving their job because of mental health and wellbeing issues.

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The answer is 40%.

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Presenteeism can be costly for employers. Do you know what this means?

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The answer is a loss in productivity that occurs when employees come to work but function at less than full capacity.

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COVID-19 has changed how and where we work. How many home workers were very concerned about their colleagues' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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The answer is 1 in 4 home workers.

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Which mental illness is defined as a mood disorder causing mood to swing from an extreme high to an extreme low?

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The answer is Bipolar Disorder.

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What percentage of employees felt that their employer needed to do more to look after their employees' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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The answer is 48% of employees.

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Does your company have a Mental Health First Aider?

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...... Despite 64% of employees wanting their organisation to provide line managers with training so they could support their team's mental health better.

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