Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace

Today, the Thriving at Work report, co-authored by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind, hopes to change those attitudes. Not only is there a big human cost of poor mental health at work but the authors estimate that employers are now losing £42billion each year due to staff suffering from mental health problems and being less productive, less effective, or off sick, while the annual cost to the United Kingdom economy as a whole is up to £99 billion. The review looks into how employers can better support all individuals now in employment, including those with mental ill health or poor well-being to remain in and thrive through work.

The NHS and the Civil Service, two of the country's largest employers, have already announced that they will abide by the recommendations that apply to them - meaning that more than two million public sector workers will receive tailored in-house mental health support. Mental health problems are the second greatest cause of workplace sickness'.

"There are many people out there working to make sure that children and young people who experience mental health issues are offered caring support".

"Working in schools is an effective way of identifying and working with children and young people's mental health needs and should lead to a more integrated service".

The report confirms numerous issues raised in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health published in 2016 and in particular, comments on the difficulties children and young people face in accessing appropriate support for their mental health concerns from a system that is fragmented and where services vary in quality.

The prime minister welcomed the publication and said she wanted the recommendations to be implemented.

He said it was always challenging within the society to discuss health issues with the stigma attached to mental issues, adding that mental health patients can be productive within the workplace, "and by raising this awareness, we can help reduce the stigma by bringing out to the public that there are professionals who are ready and available to help those in need".

It also found that people with long term mental health problems were leaving their jobs double the rate of their colleagues.

Under the Equality Act (2010), your employer has a legal duty to make "reasonable adjustments" to your work. This may involve considering a return-to-work plan suggested by occupational health.

  • Sylvester Abbott