Mental health in the workplace Listen to 6 Minute English

six weeks English from BBC learningEnglish hello this is 6 minute English I'm Neiland I'm Georgina in this program we're focusing on the topic of mental healthat work yes it's an issue that can be difficult to see if someone has aninjury like a broken leg or a serious medical

issue it's obvious and we canunderstand what's happening with mental health issues though there's no physicalsign and people who are experiencing difficulties maybe don't get the sameunderstanding as people who have medical problems it's a topic that has beengetting more publicity recently particularly as members of the Britishroyal family have

been talking about it also awareness is raised through eventssuch as World Mental Health Day and that is the topic of our quiz World MentalHealth Day is held every year on October the 10th it aims to raise awareness ofmental health issues and their effects on people's lives in what

year was itfirst held was it a 1992 B 2002 or C 2012 would you think Georgina mmm Idon't know I think it will be older than 2012 but as old as 1992 hmm I don't knowI'm gonna go with 2002 okay well I'll have the answer later in the

program andwe'll see if you're right mental health problems are very difficult personallyfor those who suffer from them and they also have an impact on businesses PaulFarmer is head of the mental health awareness charity mind he spoke on theBBC World Service business daily programme about this how much does

hesay it costs businesses in the UK we know that the cost of failing to addressmental health in business is colossal in the UK it costs between 33 and 42billion pounds a year about 50 billion dollars and aroundabout 300,000 people fall out of work every year as a result

of poor mentalhealth so that's a huge cost to workplaces and to individuals behindthose numbers though are the lives of talented able contributors who oftenjust slide away from the workplace because they don't get the right helpand support for their mental health what figures did Paul Farmer give therehe gave

the figure of about between thirty three and forty two billionpounds which is about fifty billion dollars that's a lot of money it is infact he called it colossal this adjective means huge really really bigthis is the cost of business he says are failing to address the mental healthissue

failing to address means ignoring or not dealing with the problems itleads to staff leaving work and he says these people are contributors they givesomething to the business in terms of their skill and experience and becauseof the mental health issues which could be addressed but aren't thosecontributors are being

lost to the business so it cost companies more moneyto recruit and train new staff and you can't always replace the experience thatis lost let's listen again we know that the cost of failing to address mentalhealth in business is colossal in the UK it costs between thirty threeand forty

two billion pounds a year about fifty billion dollars and aroundabout 300,000 people fall out of work every year as a result of poor mentalhealth so it's a huge cost to workplaces and to individuals behind those numbersthough are the lives of talented able contributors who often just slide awayfrom

the workplace because they don't get the right help and support for theirmental health in recent years it seems as if there has been more understandingof mental health issues not just in the workplace but in society as a whole JeffMcDonald is a campaigner for the organization minds at work

he spoke onthe business daily program about one way that things are getting a little betterI think what's really changed is people telling their stories and the morestories that we tell it kind of begins to normalize thisevery single story that we tell is like sending a lifeboat out into

the oceanand the millions and millions and people who are suffering in silencedo you not they do they cling on to that lifeboat and they realize they're notalone and they might just be normal so because more people are talking aboutthis issue it begins to normalize it this means it

becomes normal it's notunusual strange or hidden there are people who suffer in silence they keepto themselves and hide their problems from others butbecause there is more publicity about this topic they can begin to feel thatthey are not alone and they don't have to suffer in silence people sharingtheir

stories are like lifeboats for those who do suffer in silence in thismetaphor they can cling on to the lifeboats right we are going to haveanother look at our vocabulary but first let's have the answer to the quiz whenwas the first World Mental Health Day was it a 1992

B 2002 or C 2012 Georginawhat did you say I thought it was 2002 it was actually earlier 1992 now areview of our vocabulary failing to address is a phrase that means ignoringa problem or not trying to help with a problem something colossal is very verybig a contributor is

someone who has something to give who is a positivebenefit to in this case a business then we have the verb to normalize meaning tomake something normal someone who suffers in silence doesn't talk abouttheir problems and may hide them from others and finally if you cling on tosomething you

hold on to it tightly you don't want to let it go and that's allfrom us from this program we look forward to your company again soon inthe meantime find us online on social media and on the BBC learning englishapp bye six minutes English from BBC learningEnglish hi everyone

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