New drive to support mental health in the workplace

12 January 2017

The Prime Minister has announced a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace.

Lord Dennis Stevenson, the long-time campaigner for greater understanding and treatment of mental illness, and Paul Farmer CBE, CEO of Mind and Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, have been appointed to drive work with business and the public sector to support mental health in the workplace.

These experts will lead a review on how best to ensure employees with mental health problems are enabled to thrive in the workplace and perform at their best. This will involve practical help including promoting best practice and learning from trailblazer employers, as well as offering tools to organisations, whatever size they are, to assist with employee well-being and mental health.

It will review recommendations around discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of mental health.

Acas support

According to Acas, mental health problems cost employers in the UK £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.

Acas has a range of guidance to help manage mental health in the workplace.