Of the employees questioned, 66% said they or a work colleague had experienced a mental health problem. Of the line managers questioned, 70% had managed a member of staff with a diagnosed or suspected mental health problem.
About 46% of employees said they would go to their line manager if they were affected by mental health issues and 65% anticipated that their manager would be understanding.
However, few employees thought their managers would be able to provide practical support and only 2% thought they would have the knowledge and skills to handle the situation well.
Lack of information about mental health is emerging as a real problem for line managers:
l52% felt they did not have access to adequate information on how to manage people with mental health problems
l76% reported that their organisation did not have adequate policies or procedures to deal with mental health. If policies were in place, this was not made known to employees
l4% of managers with access to policies and procedures knew exactly how to handle a situation and deal with it well, but only 37% knew enough to deal with a problem satisfactorily.