Government report on mental health

New research, commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May and published today, Thriving at Work; A review of mental health and employers reports that 300,000 people with long-term health problems have to leave their jobs each year. 

The report concludes that the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work, reflecting the findings of The Business in the Community Mental Health at Work report 2017 published last week.  Our report shows that although Business is waking up to the scale of poor mental health, there is still a long way to go.

Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director, said:

“We welcome this review which echoes many of the findings in our Mental Health at Work report published earlier this month. Crucially it calls on employers of all sizes, including the public sector, to be transparent and accountable on how they measure and manage mental health, which in turn will help to close the current gap between bosses’ misguided perceptions of how well they are doing, with the reality of the rest of the organisation.

“To truly develop more open, inclusive workplaces where physical and mental health is on par, employers must track their progress. We know that what gets measured gets managed.”

Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce an online interconnected suite of toolkits to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees. 

These materials are freely available and relevant to all employers, irrespective of size, sector or familiarity with the subject. They are designed to help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental and physical health and provide a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support. For larger organisations, the toolkits are also useful resources to share with businesses in your supply chain and across your network.  These toolkits will help business understand and act step by step. 

Three of the toolkits focus on mental health including reducing the risk of suicide and crisis management in the event of suicide.  Musculoskeletal Health, a prime contributor to stress and other mental health issues, is examined in the forth. 

All four toolkits are free and available to all to download. 
Find out more and download the toolkits  >>