At least 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. The mental health crisis has come at a cost to UK businesses as well—research shows 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health illness, costing employers £33 billion to £42 billion annually. By investing in mental health at your workplace, research shows you can achieve a significant ROI. In fact, improved mental health support can generate between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 spent from reduced turnover, fewer illness absences and increased productivity. Follow these guidelines to champion mental health at your workplace and reap the rewards:
- Develop mental health awareness among your employees.
- Encourage conversation about mental health and highlight resources available for those who are struggling, such as a helpline or local support group.
- Provide your employees with good working conditions, ensuring a healthy work-life balance and opportunities for career growth or personal development.
- Monitor your employees’ mental health and well-being.