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Workers should ‘monitor colleagues’ mental health

Almost half have spotted signs of stress

Workers in the UK have been urged to take a more active role in their colleagues’ mental health.

It comes after research from Cigna revealing almost half (46%) have spotted signs of stress among their colleagues. 

Symptoms include moodiness (40%), fatigue (23%), crying (21%) and reduced work performance (20%).

Cigna said colleagues are often best placed to recognise the early warning signs of a mental health issue. 

The healthcare provider is launching a new mental health campaign – “Put a Face On” – to educate people about the signs and symptoms to look out for in the workplace.

These include social withdrawal, erratic behaviour, confused thinking and feelings of disorientation, drugs and alcohol abuse, and extreme sadness, worry or tearfulness, or unexplained aches and pains.

Although 72% of British workers currently suffer from stress, the study shows only 11% have sought professional help. Those aged 50 and over are the most open, with a fifth having sought help in the past 12 months.  

Phil Austin, chief executive officer of Cigna Europe, said employers can do more to empower their staff to support each other.