Mental health and business

Why employers need to understand mental health

Mentally healthy workplaces create more engaged and productive people. Knowing how to respond to common mental health issues will minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life. It's simple: great minds work.


The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 was 526,000 (Health and Safety Executive, 2017) 


In 2013, mental ill health cost the UK economy £70 billion which equates to 4.5% of the country’s GDP (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2014) 


15.8 million days of sickness absence across the UK in 2016 were caused by stress, anxiety or depression (Office for National Statistics, 2016) 


The total cost of sickness absence due to mental ill health to employers is estimated at nearly £8.4 billion each year. That is equivalent to £335 for every employee in the UK workforce (Sainsbury Centre, 2007) 


76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 22% have received training (BITC, Mental Health at Work Report 2016) 



Mental Health First Aid at work

An organisational approach