Voluntary Sector: Mind focuses on workplace stress

Mental health charity Mind is launching its first campaign on the link between stress in the workplace and mental health problems.

The charity will emphasise that stress can lead to mental illness as it attempts to persuade both employers and employees to take work-related stress more seriously.

It plans to publish a report suggesting that employees who work longer hours suffer more health problems. The report also looks at the cost of stress-related sick leave for employers.

'Stress is often dismissed as part and parcel of modern life,' said Mind press officer Ruth Goldsmith.

'This report seeks to challenge that assumption and enable employers and employees to look at alternative ways of managing working environments, so that the impact of stress on individuals and organisations is kept to a minimum,' she added.

The campaign will be used to draw attention to Mind Week (14-20 May).

Case studies of workers who suffered 'burnout' after becoming stressed at work will be sent to all broadsheet and tabloid daily newspapers, lifestyle broadcast media, charity trade press, human resources publications and business press.

Examples of good working practice in organisations that attempt to tackle stress will also be highlighted, along with local Mind training workshops on stress in the workplace.

'Let Off Steam' tea parties will also be held across the country by local Mind volunteers, and LA Fitness will give away free one-day memberships in the City to promote exercise as a stress reliever.

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