Nearly half of senior decision-makers in the legal profession are aware that employees have mental health issues but just a fraction say they are given the support to help them.
A YouGov study, carried out by totaljobs, surveyed senior decision-makers in the legal profession on mental health in the workplace. In total, 606 decision-makers were surveyed.
According to the figures, 40% of those asked said they were aware that some of their employees had mental health issues but just 6% said they were given enough support to help tackle the problem.
Despite high numbers of staff suffering, just 23% of those surveyed said they believed that their employees felt comfortable speaking about it with them. A further 27% said there is a greater ‘stigma’ towards mental health conditions than physical ones in the workplace.
Some employers now offer health and wellbeing services to staff.
Of those surveyed, the most prevalent service offered was flexible working hours, followed by the provision of quiet areas and staff surveys.