Mental Health Week | TSB's HRD shares tips on employee support

TSB's HRD shares tips on employee support

This week marks the return of the annual Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th of May. Now more than ever, HR should be looking to the mental health of its employees, given the additional mental toll that the current coronavirus pandemic is having on remote workforces.

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health is evidenced by the stats. Research from revealed that, with the latest news confirming 50,000 more redundancies due to the impact of the virus, each ten per cent increase in the number of unemployed men was significantly associated with a 1.4% increase in male suicides. One-fifth of people surveyed who identified as unemployed have had suicidal thoughts and feelings in the last two weeks – this is compared to 8.64% of people in employment.

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