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Mental health support "poor"

Mental health support "poor"

Most people suffering from mental health issues continue to work despite their condition affecting performance, research suggests.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said more than one in four described their mental health as poor or moderate, with a further 90% admitting that it affected their working life.

Despite this, virtually all of the 2,000 employees polled continued to work, and only one-third of respondents said they were offered practical and helpful support by their employer.

Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser at the CIPD, said: "The survey findings provide compelling evidence for why employers need to become more proactive in how they manage mental health at work.

"Common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression are one of the main causes of time lost to ill health."

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