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Major employers across Scotland are standing up to break down mental health stigma in the workplace.
More than 20 of Scotland’s largest businesses, representing tens of thousands of staff, have pledged to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace through a groundbreaking initiative which has been welcomed by the Scottish Government.
This Is Me Scotland is a joint initiative between PwC, Barclays, Business in the Community Scotland, SAMH and Samaritans Scotland. It aims to change perceptions of mental health by encouraging businesses to follow a set of guidelines which encourage discussion and support.
Since its launch, organisations including Standard Life Aberdeen, Edrington and Prudential have committed to This Is Me Scotland, a campaign to support businesses, and their people, to talk about mental health.
Scottish Mental Health Minister, Clare Haughey, said: “I welcome this action being taken by This is Me Scotland to reduce the stigma and discrimination which can be associated with mental health in the workplace.
“This complements our ongoing work with initiatives like See Me and NHS Health Scotland’s Healthy Working Lives programme.
“Across Scotland we are determined to ensure people can get the right help at the right time.”
Business in the Community’s Mental Health at Work Report 2018 found that in Scotland, employees are more likely than the overall UK workforce to have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition, at 36% compared with 32% for UK workforce.
Further research has found that many people feel scared and confused about confronting their mental health issue at work. Fewer than half (45%) of Scottish employees would feel confident telling their line manager about a mental health problem.