Mental health

Mental health
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This toolkit has been put together by Mental Health Europe to guide members, employers, human resource personnel, employment support services, and any other interested stakeholder who wishes to know more about what a human rights-based approach to work and employment looks like for people with psychosocial disabilities.

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.


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