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Mental health in the workplace – review

A review, “Thriving at Work” (available here) on mental health at work has been recently published.

The review was commissioned by the Prime Minister and its authors, Lord Stevenson and Paul Farmer (Chief Executive of Mind) believe that the UK is facing a mental health challenge at work which is much larger than they had thought. According to their research, 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose their jobs each year, around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition and there is an annual cost to employers of between £33 billion and £42 billion.

The Review (in summary):

  1. Sets out a ten year plan which aims to;


  1. Makes 40 recommendations, including:


  1. Recommends employers implement the following mental health core standards:

The authors of the review believe that these standards can be adopted across all workplaces at little or no cost and calls on trade unions, industry groups, professional and regulatory bodies to help with the implementation of these standards. The review also notes that there is a significant role for NHS to support workplace mental health by ensuring support is accessible, high quality and fits around work.


This review sets out very clear business reasons for managing mental health in the workplace. Considering whether to adopt some, or all of the recommendations for employers in this report is a sensible step for businesses wishing to support their staff and reduce the costs associated with mental ill health issues in the workplaces.


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