Mental health

A report, commissioned by Prime Minister, Teresa May, estimates that up to 300,000 people have to leave their jobs each year in the UK because of long-term mental health problems. The Thriving to Work report also claims poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year. The report, authored by MIND CEO, Paul Farmer, and Baron Stevenson, estimates that around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. 

The review makes 40 recommendations about how employers and the government can better support employees to remain at work, such as through creating an online wellbeing portal and using digital technology to support workers in the gig economy. Companies are also being encouraged to include a section on employee mental health in their annual reports. Currently only 11% of companies do this, the report found.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Health & Wellbeing, Sickness absence
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

In 2007, Centre for Mental Health published a report on ‘Mental health at work: developing the business case’ which presented estimates of the aggregate costs to UK employers of mental health problems among their staff. These estimates showed that the overall costs of mental health problems at work amounted to some £25.9 billion in 2006, equivalent to 3.6% of the national pay bill or £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a highly effective approach to supporting people with severe mental health problems into work. This report is an independent evaluation of the Making IPS Work programme. Across six sites where IPS was being expanded, InHealth Associates interviewed stakeholders to explore the critical success factors for implementing and sustaining IPS services.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Mental health, Sickness absence, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Mental Health Foundation has produced a new guide to supporting mental health at work. 

After reading this guide you should:

  • Have an idea of how to manage your own mental health at work

  • Have an idea of how to reach out to a colleague in distress

  • Have an idea how you can work with others to make your workplace more mentally healthy for everyone 

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