As the risk to people’s physical health from COVID-19 continues, so does the threat to their mental health. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic.
This is reinforced by CIPD research, which found that over half (56%) of people with existing mental health issues prior to lockdown said they had worsened as a result of the pandemic.
At this time of heightened uncertainty and anxiety for many, and amid a worsening economic crisis, every employee’s mental and physical health needs protecting.
Worryingly, our most recent data from employees found that around a third (33%) said their line manager or employer had not checked in on their health and wellbeing since the onset of the pandemic.
There is a growing need to support mental health