The Mental Health Index by LifeWorks – March

The top 5 things you need to know for March 2022

 

1. Since April 2020, the mental health of Britons has been 10 points or lower than the pre-2020 benchmark.

  • The current mental health score is -11.4, falling from its high in January for the second consecutive month.
  • All mental health sub-scores apart from general psychological health have declined in March.
  • The optimism and depression sub-scores saw the declines of nearly two points from February to March.
  • Despite a modest decline this month, the strongest sub-score continues to be financial risk, representing an improvement in the level of emergency savings compared to 2019.
  • Wales is the only region with an increase in mental health; England and Scotland had modest declines while the mental health in Northern Ireland fell nearly five points this month.

2. More than two in five Britons end their workday feeling mentally and/or physically exhausted.

  • 43% end their workday feeling mentally and/or physically exhausted, and this group has a mental health score nearly 13 points below the national average.
  • 37% are finding it increasingly more difficult to be motivated to do their work.
  • 29% are finding it more difficult to concentrate on their work.

• Younger employees (under 40) are more likely to feel mentally and/or physically exhausted at the end of their workday, less motivated to do their work, and more likely to have difficulty concentrating on their work.

• Managers are more likely to have difficulty concentrating on their work.

3. More than one-quarter of Britons are unable to disconnect from work after usual work hours.

• 48% have too much work to do during their workday.
• 26% report their manager contacts them after work hours. • 26% say their co-workers contact them after work hours.

4. Nearly one-quarter of Britons are concerned, or are unsure, about their drinking or drug use.

• 14% are concerned about their drinking or drug use, and
a further 9% are unsure. Those who are concerned about their drinking or drug use have a mental health score more than 16 points below the national average.

• Younger employees (under 40), parents, and managers are more likely to be concerned about their drinking or drug use.

• 17% are concerned about the drinking or drug use of someone in their household, and a further 9% are unsure.

• More than half (53%) would be concerned about the career impact of a substance use issue.

5. Half of Britons would not know, or are unsure, where to go for support if they had a substance use issue.

  • 16% would not know where to go for support if they had a substance use issue, and a further 35% are unsure.
  • Nearly two in five (39%) employed Britons do not know whether their workplace offers addiction support programs.
  • 53% of managers do not know, or are unsure, what to look for if they suspect an employee has a substance use issue.
  • 57% of managers would not know, or are unsure, what to do if they had an employee with a substance use issue.

Full report: UK_MHI_March2022_Final

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