Mental health is an issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in both our home and working lives. According to statistics published by the Mental Health Foundation, nearly half (43.4%) of UK adults believe they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life.

According to a CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work survey, ‘presenteeism’ (people working while ill) has more than tripled since 2010 with over 86% of respondents observing it in their organisation in the last 12 months. In the workplace, it is important that employers take steps to learn to recognise the signs of mental illness, and how to start a conversation, to be able to support their staff with better mental health issues at work. Everyone will have issues in their life that could affect their mental health, but there are some changes in behaviour that can indicate someone is suffering from mental illness and in need of extra support.