Let’s take mental health seriously

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From Mr Laurie Rackind.

Sir, It was refreshing to hear Dennis Stevenson’s call for mental health to be taken seriously by the business community (“Business leaders must take a stand on mental health”, Comment, November 15).

Business is affected as much as, if not more than, other sectors of society. With pressures mounting in many companies, against a straitjacket of tightening budgets and escalating work pressures, it is not a surprise that many executives are affected by mental illness. Surveys show that one quarter of people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and this could be higher in the business community.

Business, though, should not be a passive bystander in this, but can be part of the solution. With a sensible attitude from HR departments, supported by training and education, business can make a real difference. We need to get to the point where mental ill health is considered just as “normal” as physical ill health.

Laurie Rackind, Chief Executive, Jami, London, UK

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