"This creates a culture where people don't feel able to talk about their mental health at work or reach out for support when they need it".
Unfortunately, however, you may opt to keep your nose to the grindstone instead, not realizing-or wanting to admit-how desperately you need that mental-health day until it's too late.
Despite this, lack of a shared vision for mental health coupled with prejudice and discrimination remained barriers in the fight against mental health at work place, he said.
According to the Mental Health at Work 2017 report, released by Business in the Community (BITC) and sponsored by Mercer, 60% of employees have experienced mental health issues in the a year ago due to work, while 31% have been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue.
A dedicated telephone helpline for EMCOR UK employees has been introduced alongside the recruitment of EMCOR UK Mind Champions and trained mental health staff to lead the programme and host a series of EMCOR UK Mind Days across the UK.
Announced alongside today's World Mental Health day, the initiative is aimed at senior managers and open to all disciplines across the sector to raise awareness and build up a number of mental health "champions".
Dr Nargis Asad, who works as an associate professor and clinical psychologist at the Aga Khan University's psychiatry department, said it is very unprofessional and insensitive on the part of employers to treat their subordinates this way.
According to the World Health Organisation, around 34% people in developing countries suffer from mental health disorders.
She says the way to deal with this is to help employers to understand more about mental-health conditions.
Mental health issues span a broad spectrum, from anxiety disorders to personality disorders and everything in between.
This year, the group conducted an online survey of 499 participants called Stigma in the Workplace, which revealed that "44% of the respondents indicated that they were uncomfortable with disclosing their mental health issue to a manager, which callers often express when they call the group's helpline looking for advice or help".
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"We are asking people to talk about mental health, but this must be matched with an ability to listen compassionately and act appropriately".