What is Mental Health at Work?

Shaped by the Heads Together campaign, the ‘Mental Health At Work‘ Gateway is funded by The Royal Foundation and produced by the mental health charity Mind. This is following Government commissioned ‘Farmer/ Stevenson – Thriving at Work’ report which last year revealed that over 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year. In addition to this, a Mind survey of employers showed that while employers want to make changes to improve the lives of their employees, it is often hard to know where to look for information or guidance.

This new online platform provides the resources, training and information people need to make their life better at work for themselves, their colleagues and their staff. It aims to change the way we approach workplace mental health across the UK.
Mind has worked in collaboration with 11 key programme partners from the world of business, industry and mental health to develop the gateway so whether you are just starting to look at how you can support your staff, or looking to make a bigger commitment to the wellbeing at your place of work, there is something for you.

Who is it for?

The Mental Health at Work gateway is primarily aimed at employers, senior management and line managers, however it is accessible to anybody, and employees are likely to find something that could help them to support a colleague, challenge stigma, or learn more about mental health in the workplace.

Whether you are hoping to find information about what mental health is and how it might affect you and your colleagues, or whether you are looking to influence a shift in policy or organisational approach, you can access a guided search tool, curated toolkits, blogs and case studies that will help you on your journey to improving your workplace, for the benefit of everybody.

Why is it important to address mental health in the workplace?

Heads Together helped changed the conversation on mental health, with 1.5 million more people saying they had talked about mental health as a result. But the campaign also highlighted big gaps. One of the most staggering was how few people were prepared to be open about mental health at work.

It is time that we address mental health in the workplace, where so many of us might experience stress, anxiety and other mental health problems.

We all have mental health – sometimes it will be good and sometimes we will struggle. Where we are on this scale and how we are feeling may impact how we work. With better support and more understanding, many of us may feel better able to manage our mental health, leading to happier and more productive work environments.