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PwC welcomes UK govt focus on mental health

Jan 11
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PwC welcomes UK govt focus on mental health

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has given its backing to an initiative launched by the UK government to improve support for people with mental health problems. The range of measures includes steps to address this issue in the workplace.

Delivering the annual Charity Commission lecture, Theresa May said "every institution" must recognise the "vital role" it has to play in helping to achieve parity between mental and physical health.

The prime minister announced a plan that includes proposals for a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace.

Two experts have been appointed to lead a review into how employers can help people with mental health issues thrive in their jobs. They are Lord Dennis Stevenson, a long-time campaigner for better understanding and treatment of mental illness, and Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce.

The initiative to improve employer practices will include the encouragement of learning from 'trailblazer' businesses and the provision of tools to organisations of all sizes.

Mrs May warned that mental illness has become "shrouded in a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health".

Beth Taylor, mental health leader at PwC, said the company welcomed the prime minister's focus on this subject and recognised the crucial part the government and companies have to play in supporting people who need help.

He added: "As a large employer PwC recognises it is important we help our people take care of themselves by providing tools and guidance to support their mental and physical health.

"As such, we have multiple programmes in place to help our people build resilience and promote mental wellbeing in both their personal and professional lives."

Figures have shown that 18 million working days were lost to sickness absence caused by mental health conditions in 2015, costing employers approximately £9 billion.

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