One in five do not feel it is appropriate to discuss mental health problems at work
Employees over the age of 55 are delaying seeking help for poor mental health due to a lack awareness, research from Bupa UK has found.
An intergenerational study revealed that baby boomers were the generation most likely to neglect their mental health, despite two thirds of employees in this age group suffering from symptoms such as anxiousness, continuous low mood, feelings of hopelessness and insomnia.
One in five (21%) said they feel it is not appropriate to discuss mental health problems at work, while only one in 10 confide in their colleagues or manager about their symptoms - making them the generation least likely to do so. They are also least likely to be aware of their employer's mental health policy.
The survey also revealed that one in four older workers said their symptoms do not indicate anything serious and others said they were not affected by mental health.
Less than one in three over 55s feel confident in recognising the symptoms of conditions such as depression.
On average, baby boomers are delaying seeking help for up to 54 days, the research found.
"It's clear to see that awareness of mental health issues is improving, but more needs to be done to address information gaps to ensure that everyone feels confident in recognising and seeking help for a mental health concern," said Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health at Bupa UK.
"Mental health issues can affect us at any age and it's important to seek support without delay, as early diagnosis and treatment can improve recovery rates. If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health, it's important to seek medical help," he added.
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