Human Resources

Mental Health

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, any one time, one sixth of the working age population of Great Britain experience symptoms associated with mental ill-health which can affect a person’s ability to function adequately, and a further one sixth have symptoms that meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder including depression, anxiety, and other common conditions.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists reports that mental health problems have a greater impact on people’s ability to work than any other group of disorders. This does not mean that mental illness necessarily prevents a person from working. The majority of people with common mental health conditions remain successfully in work and indeed most people benefit greatly from being in work.

People with mental health problems face more stigma and discrimination than do people with physical illnesses, with the exception of those with HIV/ADS. This has a significant negative impact on whether they can obtain or remain in work.

With effective workplace support systems, mental health problems need not be a barrier to work, and with appropriate support from line managers and colleagues, most people with common mental health difficulties continue to be effective and productive in their roles.

The University has put arrangements in place to support members of staff and students in dealing with mental health and general wellbeing.  The arrangements for students are attached above.  Members of staff should initially contact their line manager or HR Adviser for advice although they can if preferred speak directly to the Health & Wellbeing Adviser based within the University Health, Safety & Environment Service.