The NHS recently revealed that more than five million people are signed off work every year due to mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Similarly, a report commissioned by the UK's PM Theresa May found that one in every seven workers has a symptom of a mental health condition and that an estimated 300,000 people lose their jobs due to mental health issues every year.
The average working Brit will spend a third of their week in the office, and in some cases much more. That’s a significant chunk of our life and so it's crucial that working environments are set up to support the physical and mental health of employees and positively influence their quality of life.
I’ve been thrilled to see the stigma around mental health starting to clear. As a society, we're becoming much more conscientious and understanding of mental health issues. So it's time for employers to lead and set the agenda around mental health at work, by redefining the role of the physical workplace.