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New report signals Britain is on the brink of a mental health ‘shadow pandemic’

A new report from leading mental health organisation Sanctus has highlighted that the UK is heading towards one of the biggest mental health crises in history – as cases of burnout, depression and workplace anxiety escalate post-pandemic.

Compiled using insights from more than 40 professional mental health coaches and 300 HR and People specialists, the Sanctus report: Supporting employee mental health in a post-pandemic world highlights stark figures that indicate mental health challenges are reaching breaking point for many British employees.

According to the latest data from McKinsey, 60% of adults reported their mental health had worsened during the pandemic – and research from University College London (UCL) and Sussex University reported 69% of marginalised groups such as the LGTBQ+ community have stated they have experienced depression since the Covid-19 outbreak began.

Furthermore, when it comes to people’s working lives, a recent report from Indeed stated that 52% of respondents said they had experienced burnout during 2021 – and data from the CIPD reported that 37% of workers have taken stress related absences. 

In a bid to combat the mental health shadow pandemic and provide UK employers with some practical and easily implemented solutions, Sanctus has compiled the new 60-page guide which is available as a downloadable resource for companies across the country. 

As well as providing HR and senior management teams with advice on how to support employee  mental health, the detailed report also explores the most pressing mental health challenges that employees are likely facing right now – including burnout, anxiety and low mood – and the underlying causes behind these issues.

James Routledge, founder of Sanctus, said: “ We’re entering a new beginning now and we’re adjusting to a new way of living and working, as well as processing the collective experiences we’ve all just been through. The mental health impact of COVID-19 and the “shadow pandemic” are very real and we’re about to begin to all feel the shock of that.”

“Supporting employee mental health  has never been more challenging or more important. That’s why we felt a report like this was so important, we wanted to give people some insight as to what’s really going on underneath the surface for people. It shines a light on the many challenges that people are facing right now. It also gives employers plenty of ways in which they can build a supportive, post-pandemic mental health plan that brings out the best in their teams.”