Unum: Developing prevention in workplaces

We are in a long-term partnership with employee benefits experts Unum that sees us join forces to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and call on business leaders to safeguard the mental health of their employees at every stage, from prevention through to early intervention, and supporting a positive return to work.

The first stage of the partnership sees Unum and The Mental Health Foundation releasing a co-branded introductory training module and infographic to help HR professionals and business leaders put mental health on the agenda. 

The free resource provides advice to help employers safeguard the mental health of staff, spot and address problems before they become too severe, and support staff when issues do emerge. The module ensures that line managers, a group entrusted with a key relationship within the workforce, are better equipped to provide the support needed in the workplace.

As part of the partnership, Unum and The Mental Health Foundation are also undertaking in-depth research into the economic contribution of those working with mental health issues, and exploring the barriers and coping strategies of those experiencing mental health issues in the workplace. You can get involved with this research.

The partnership is further evidence of Unum’s ongoing commitment to helping businesses safeguard the mental health of their employees. Mental health accounts for 17% of all Unum’s claims, second only to cancer. 

Future projects will also see the pair working with big business in a debate setting to ensure that those on the front line are involved, as Unum and The Mental Health Foundation continue to strive to help combat and find solutions to mental health issues in the workplace.