300,000 people are leaving their jobs each year due to mental illness

27 October 2017

More than 2 million public sector workers are set to receive unprecedented mental health support.

As part of her commitment to tackle the injustice of mental illness, the Prime Minister commissioned an independent review of mental health and employers which has found that around 300,000 people a year are leaving their jobs each year due to mental illness – costing employers up to £42 billion annually.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that NHS England and the Civil Service – two of the country’s largest employers – will abide by the recommendations of the report.

As a result NHS and Civil Service employees will now be guaranteed tailored in-house mental health support. Alongside this, NHS England and the Civil Service will:

  • Introduce a set of core and enhanced standards which will ensure employees have the knowledge, tools and confidence to understand and look after their own mental health – and the mental health of their colleagues
  • Have support in place to help prevent mental illness being caused or worsened by work and equip those who have a mental illness to thrive
  • Be held to account for delivering these standards by their relevant regulators so that employees can have faith they are being introduced effectively

The report from Lord Dennis Stevenson, a long-time campaigner for greater understanding and treatment of mental illness, and Paul Farmer CEO of Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce includes 40 recommendations for the public and private sector.

The Prime Minister is writing to all metro mayors and key business groups including the CBI, IoD and Federation of Small Businesses to draw attention to the review and encourage them to implement the recommendations in their organisations and across their networks.

The government will consider the wider recommendations and respond in due course.