Why You Need A Mental Health Programme

Why You Need A Mental Health Programme

Following the request of the Prime Minister, Theresa May, The ‘Thriving at work’ report, published on Thursday 26 October 2017, is an independent review of how employers can improve and enhance the mental health of all of its employees and ultimately ensure they thrive through work.

The report reveals the challenges faced by UK employers in dealing with mental health and the knock-on effects it has on the economy as a result. It provides 40 important recommendations to address these issues and to promote mental well-being.

Recommendations for employers

The review has called for all employers, to implement the ‘mental health core standards’, a framework which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote the well-being of employees.

Employers, therefore, irrespective of its size or type of industry, should:

  • Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan;
  • Develop mental health awareness among employees;
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when; employees are struggling;
  • Provide your employees with good working conditions;
  • Promote effective people management;
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.

Download the full report https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/thriving-at-work-a-review-of-mental-health-and-employers

The Centre for Mental Health advises over £26 billion is lost every year through sickness, absentee and leavers. Last year alone, a record 9 million working days were lost according to the UK Statistics Authority. Simple steps to improve the management of poor mental health in the workplace should enable employers to save 30% or more on these mounting costs.

Recent stats provide evidence of the scale of stress and poor mental health at work highlighting the need for employers to take this issue seriously. Employers need to do everything they can to create an environment that promotes good mental health.

Mente believes the way to manage mental health in the workplace is to stop ticking boxes and take action:

  • Implement the thriving at work ‘mental health core standards’, a framework which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote the well-being of employees.
  • Make mental health training mandatory for all employees to create awareness and monitor wellbeing through E-Leaning.
  • Have a real-time survey for staff to feedback their thoughts on the company and any issues that might be affecting their mental health.
  • Ensure you are complying with the HSE Six Management rules by knowing your duty of care.
  • Arrange facilitated workshops to allow discussions on the challenges in the workplace creating a healthy environment to openly discuss and improve mental health.
  • Have an open door policy for staff to discuss challenging times. Mental health challenges don’t always start in the workplace but can impact employees work if they face challenges such as bereavement, financial, family or relationship breakdowns.
  • Have access to a clinically proven resource designed to support individuals in the management of stress.

Did You Know?

Over £26 billion is lost each year through sickness-absentee and leavers, with 9 million working days lost due to mental illness. This is the equivalent of £1035 for every employee in the workplace.

When a company considers the costs of Mental Health training and whether they should have a policy we ask them to consider the following.

How much has been lost due to:

  • Sick Pay
  • National Insurance Contributions
  • Insurance Premium
  • Provisions for temporary Cover
  • Costs in advertising and training inexperienced staff
  • Loss to production due to disruption
  • Business Administration time
  • Lost knowledge which effects quality of service
  • Tribunal and Litigation

Why should you have a Mental Health & Safety Programme?

  • You have a legal duty of care as an Employer.
  • Supports Risk assessments with electronic storage of completion dates.
  • Access to Mental Health Management & Trauma Risk Managment Guide.
  • You are providing staff with an easy to access educational programme on understanding their Mental Health promoting self-advocacy.
  • You are creating a policy and tight online record keeping which could support the company if up against tribunal related to mental health and company culture.
  • Online management tools allow you to understand if company culture is causing staff to leave including managing how messages are cascading, bullying and other areas staff may not feel they can openly discuss.
  • Gain credibility as an organisation that cares about the wellbeing of their staff with an awareness, listen and action programme.
  • Failure to take account or have a process may lead to expensive legal proceedings due to the supreme court’s recent withdrawal of tribunal fees deemed being unlawful.
  • Tax Efficient Training Programme with reductions in insurance.
  • Programmes are low maintenance, low cost, no contracts and a flexible subscription makes it easy to ensure every business has access.
  • Support in finding the best and most affordable wellbeing programme for your business.