Why mental health is costly to employers and how to counter-act it 
  • Posted 10 months ago


To mark Mental Health Awareness Week we’ve been providing some simple, effective tips on Twitter to help you look after your mental health in the workplace.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly two-thirds of people in the UK will experience problems with their mental health – and the number’s rising.

Recent research by the charity Mind confirms a culture of fear and silence around mental health can be costly to employers.

  • When asked how workplace stress had affected them more than one in five (21 per cent) of those surveyed admitted that they had called in sick to avoid work


  • 14 per cent conceded that they had resigned and 42 per cent had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them


  • 30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’


  • 56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance

This important insight affirms that employees need an opportunity to able to express their mental health concerns within the workplace. It also highlights that employers are eager to provide that space but ill-equipped and inexperienced in knowing how to do so.

A great starting point towards providing better mental health awareness in the workplace is to create a culture of openness. Equipping line managers and HR staff with skills on how talk with employees about their mental health is one productive way to create a more open and aware atmosphere.

With copious amounts of free resources online, creating a better environment to approach mental health in the workplace can be a cost-effective endeavour. Ultimately, both employee and employer will benefit from converting a culture of fear and silence around mental health into a culture of openness and awareness. A more productive workforce can be directly linked to a more profitable business. So it’s a win-win!

For further reading and resources on mental health in the workplace, visit Mind.org