We have undertaken the largest ever survey of mental wellbeing at work in the UK.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. At any one point, one in six of the working age population is suffering from a mental health condition. Last year, stress accounted for 43% of all working days lost due to ill health and for 34% of all work-related ill health cases, yet 95% of employees cited a reason other than workplace stress for their absence due to stigma.
Through this survey we wanted to:
- Hear UK employees’ experiences of mental wellbeing at work
- End the stigma still associated with mental wellbeing
- Identify factors that help or hinder the mental wellbeing of UK employees
- Understand how employers are responding to mental health issues
- Identify how equipped employees and line managers are to are to spot the early warning signs of poor mental health
- Use the findings to improve employee mental wellbeing.
We heard from employees aged 16-64+ and currently in employment in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) The survey was confidential to complete.
Mental health toolkit for employers
Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free, online toolkit to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. It will help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support.
There has been a lot written about how to tackle mental ill health and promote wellbeing in the workplace. This toolkit will make knowing how to act simply; it will help employers pick out the best free resources that are most useful to them and their team, and help them develop an approach that works. For larger organisations, the toolkit is also a useful resource to share with businesses in their supply chain and across their network.
Every organisation has an opportunity to support and develop a mentally healthy workforce and it doesn’t need to be complicated – this toolkit will help you understand and act, step by step.