Mental health in the workplace
While we recognise the cost of mental ill-health is not merely a financial issue, calculating the costs of mental health problems can be persuasive when making the case for investment in preventing them.
Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.
An essential building block for workplace mental health is the ability to have open, authentic conversations about mental health in the workplace, both individually and on a strategic level. This is more important than ever as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Mental Health at Work CIC is a subsidiary of the Mental Health Foundation providing tailored mental health programmes to organisations of all sizes, focusing on making mental health conversations a part of everyday working life. If you are interested in finding out what a mental health programme could look like for your organisation, including both online and face-to-face mental health workshops or training sessions for employees, managers and leaders, please contact Mental Health at Work directly.
How to support good mental health at work
Our guide covers various aspects of mental health at work. Work can be stressful, so we cover how to look after our own mental health at work, and what we can do to help colleagues who might be struggling. The guide also provides advice for line managers and employers in creating a mentally healthy workplace.
Tom's story: the consequences of a poor line management relationship
Physiotherapist Tom's story shows that poor line management can have a terrible impact on an employee's mental health.
David: Living with schizophrenia
David talks about his schizophrenia, focusing on relationships, treatments, jobs and future.
Podcasts & Videos
Mental health in the workplace: seminar report20 August 2018
Report of a seminar run between the Mental Health Foundation, the Academy of Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland on workplace mental health.
Added value: mental health as a workplace asset2 November 2016
Our new report, released with employee benefits provider Unum, shows that people with mental health problems deliver significantly more value than costs for the UK economy.