Mental health and employment

Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers | Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer | Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health

Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.

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The report includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. It puts the annual cost to the UK economy of poor mental health at up to £99bn, of which £33bn –  £42bn is borne by employers.

The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity. The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 ‘mental health core standards’ that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health:

  • Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
  • Develop mental health awareness among employees
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available
    when employees are struggling
  • Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy
    work life balance and opportunities for development
  • Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

The report also highlights examples of good practice such as  the mental health first aid courses at Thames Water and, at Aviva, the promotion of e-learning modules to help identify and self-identify when people need support.

Full report: Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers



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