Mental health and the workplace

Approximately one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime, and according to the Mental Health Foundation, this is costing UK employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.

The impact of mental health problems in the workplace has serious consequences not only for the individual but also for the productivity of a company. Such areas as employee performance, sickness absence, accidents, increased costs and staff turnover are all affected by employee’s mental health.

Whilst all organisations have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for staff members when it comes to mental health, many smaller businesses simply aren’t aware of their responsibilities.

According to the Institute of Leadership and Management, 45% of employees working for an organisation with 10-49 employees said that they didn’t support staff suffering from ill mental health very well. 42% of employees working for an organisation with 100-249 employees also thought that they supported colleagues with mental health poorly.

Business West is working closely with local organisations to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and offer information and advice to businesses.

Information on local hubs and programmes for businesses:

Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched Thrive Bristol, a new ten year programme to improve the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in Bristol, with a focus on those with the greatest needs. Find out more about the programme:-

Swindon

Read further articles below from our expert contributors, to help guide employers and raise awareness of mental health in the workplace:

  • Join the Chamber

    Be a part of the largest business membership organisation in the region and tap into a range of valuable business benefits.

  • The West of England Initiative

    Provides an effective link between private and public sectors to ensure the interests of commerce are considered in key decision making.