Let’s talk about Mental Health at Work!


You might not want to discuss your mental health with your manager or work colleagues but you might need some support when working. This could mean counselling, mentoring or reasonable adjustments in the workplace. 

  • 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%).1

  • Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).2

  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.3

Mental health is an issue that impacts every workplace around the globe.The workplace can contribute positively or negatively to a person's mental health.

Employers and employees both benefit from a psychologically healthy workplace:

  • Better employee

    • engagement

    • morale

    • satisfaction

    • retention and recruitment

    • productivity

  • Reduces

    • absenteeism

    • grievances

    • health costs

    • medical leave/disability

    • workplace injuries

What can employers do to help?

As an employer, there are many ways in which you can help create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. Building a supportive work environment that promotes mental well-being has benefits for everyone and keeps your workforce strong and competitive.

Top 8 practices

  1. Encourage employee participation and decision-making

  2. Clearly define employees' duties and responsibilities

  3. Promote work-life balance

  4. Encourage and model respectful behaviours

  5. Manage workloads

  6. Provide training and learning opportunities

  7. Have conflict resolution practices in place

  8. Recognize employees' contributions effectively

Employers should assess their workplace for hazards, whether physical or psychological, then develop a plan to address and mitigate those hazards. As with other health and safety issues, employers must always work with their policy health and safety committee, workplace health and safety committee or health and safety representative when developing policies or

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your mental health problem you may have a case under the Disability Discrimination Act.

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Daniela Luquini