• International Workplace
  • 6 September 2017

One in three UK fit notes for mental health

Nearly a third (31.3%) of fit notes issued by GPs are for mental and behaviour disorders, according to a report published last week. This was the most common known reason for issuing a fit note, new experimental figures from NHS Digital have revealed.

The report reviewed fit notes issued between December 2014 and March 2017. Of episodes for mental health and behavioural conditions, around one in five were issued for a period of absence of more than 12 weeks. 

The number of fit notes known to have been written for anxiety and stress related conditions from included practices shows an increase, going up by around 14 percent from 503,000 to 573,000 between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

We reported statistics from Public Health England last year on the growing importance of mental health at work, which showed that one in six people of working age have a diagnosable mental health condition.

International Workplace has recently gained accreditation to deliver the NEBOSH Health and Well-being Certificate course, designed to help employers:

  • Identify risks to health at work
  • Learn how to manage sickness absence and implement a return to work programme
  • Prevent and manage work-related stress
  • Promote equality and prevent disability discrimination
  • Protect health at work
  • Work effectively with health professionals
  • Deal with mental health at work 

The next NEBOSH Health and Well-being Certificate course starts on 6 November 2017, at the International Executive Centre in London.