Mental Health problems can be extremely problematic to your organisation when it comes to managing your staff, with over a fifth of employees struggling with poor mental health in any given year.

Even more worrying, is that over 95% of staff calling in sick with stress - one of the most common mental health problems - give a different reason altogether, with only 5% saying their organisation is helpful when dealing with mental health.

Previously, we looked into what the signs and symptoms of someone struggling with a mental health problem could look like, and how you could manage them in your organisation.  

Following on from this we have created a list of the most common mental health problems that someone with these symptoms may be suffering with in your organisation. Having this information will give you a better understanding of how to start the conversation surrounding their mental health, and to ensure you are promoting an open culture around mental health while taking active steps to tackling it.


Anxiety & panic attacks 

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, but people with anxiety can find it hard to control their worries.


Bipolar disorder 

Bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to someone who experiences extreme periods of low (depressed) and high (manic) moods.  



Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing long-term low mood, who finds it difficult or impossible to have fun or enjoy their lives. 


Eating disorders 

An eating disorder occurs when someone has an unhealthy attitude, thoughts, feelings and behaviour towards food and their body shape.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health diagnosis given to someone who experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. 


Personality disorders 

If someone has a personality disorder, some aspects of their personality might affect them in a way which makes it very difficult to cope with day to day life, especially when it comes to relationships.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.



A person experiencing psychosis perceives the world in a different way to those around them, including hallucinations, delusions or both. 



Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to people who experience symptoms of psychosis, alongside what are called ‘negative symptoms’.



Self-harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress. 


Suicidal feelings 

Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about ending your life, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life.


These mental health conditions can range from mild to serious, and those who suffer from these problems are likely to show different levels of symptoms at different times.

As a manager you are in a unique position to look after the mental health of your staff, so it is important to look out for these conditions and the potential symptoms that come along with them.

We are currently building a mental health analytics tool - Lumien - to help organisations measure the outcomes of how they tackle mental health through in-depth analytics and big data.

Take a look at our Lumien platform and how it could help your organisation.

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Written by Luke Byerley

Marketing Coordinator at Evolyst

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