Mind/The Royal Foundation

Mental Health at Work

The forgotten impact of mental illness

Managing mental health in the workplace is crucial for a healthy, productive economy. However, a major study into workplace wellbeing by mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread.

In fact, 48% of all people surveyed said they’ve experienced a mental health problem in their current job, while another report revealed that up to 300,000 people lose their job each year as a result of a mental health problem.

The impact is felt nationally: poor mental health at work costs the UK economy between £72bn and £99bn per year.

National reach and impact

Improving provision for employers is vital, but further research by Mind revealed that one in three employers don’t know where to look for information and guidance to help their employees. Mind and The Royal Foundation have set about changing this. They engaged Thompson to create a name, visual identity and comprehensive online resource to enable this mission. Mental Health at Work was born.

The site, launched in September 2018 by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need. It was created with the help of employers throughout the UK who were engaged via three rigorous rounds of user testing across 5 UK locations and online.

Impressive accolades

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:
“It’s clear from our research that when employers support their managers properly, it can make a big difference to the whole organisation. The gateway gives managers the tools they need.”

António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group an attendee of the event, said: “The Mental Health at Work gateway is a hugely impressive undertaking, which we will be making substantial use of at Lloyds.”

Alison Garbutt, Head of Strategic Projects at WHSmith, said:
“Employers shouldn’t wait for staff to begin struggling with their mental health before they take action – acting quickly can prevent employees’ mental health worsening. But, too often, not knowing where to start can prevent employers prioritising workplace wellbeing. That’s why the Mental Health at Work gateway is going to be such a valuable resource for employers of all sizes and sectors.”