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Overseas Health Insurance News: Mental health 'needs recognition from employers'

Expatriate medical insurance policyholders and other individuals who have mental health problems should receive more support from their employers, the Scottish Association for Mental Health has argued.

According to Carolyn Roberts, head of policy and campaigns at the charitable organisation, "stigma and discrimination in the workplace continues to be a serious problem for people with mental health problems".

However, she added: "Employers have a legal responsibility not to discriminate against people with mental health problems."

Research from the charity shows that bosses who invest in the mental health of their staff could cut sickness absence and save up to £1 million a day, Ms Roberts pointed out.

Her comments follow a study by Mind Cymru into the difficulties people with mental health issues face when looking for employment.

One in five (21 per cent) people with mental health problems have jobs compared with 74 per cent of the overall working age population, while many of former admit to feeling worried about telling their employer about their issue, the research found.

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