Prince William launches Mental Health at Work

The new website comes as a survey finds that 48 percent of United Kingdom employees have experienced mental health problems in their current job.

Almost 1,500 emergency service workers across Yorkshire had to take time off work for stress, anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2017/18, a four-year high.

On Tuesday, the Duke of Cambridge spoke at an event in Bristol for the launch of a website to improve mental health in the workplace after he was "stunned" to hear that only 2 percent of employees in Britain feel able to talk to their HR departments about their mental state. This results in an average of 24 days lost per worker.

The Prince is in Bristol today to launch the project run by his own mental health campaign Heads Together alongside the charity Mind.

The Duke will give a speech during the event followed by Antonio Horta Osorio, chief executive of Lloyds Bank, who is expected to talk about his own experiences of workplace problems.

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She said: "It's the first time I had ever told an employer about my struggles and it felt like a big deal - I despise discussing my mental health issues and keep my personal and private life incredibly separate".

Last year's Government-commissioned Thriving at Work report showed that as many as 300,000 people lose their job each year due to a mental health problem, and that poor mental health at work costs the United Kingdom economy between £72 billion and £99 billion.

Half of all employees are impacted by poor mental health.

The next phase of the programme will be the provision of online learning materials for employees, created to arm them with the skills they need to help themselves. Earlier this year, speaking up on the same issue, the 36-year-old emphasised that starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference.

"No matter the size of your workplace, and no matter where you work, Mental Health at Work can help you find what you need to start or continue your journey to better workplace wellbeing for everyone".

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