Most of us spend the majority of our time at work, but only 2% of us would feel comfortable talking to HR about our mental health.
Mind research has shown that the impact on the UK economy is drastic, costing employers between £33 billion and £42 billion every year, with as many as 300,000 people having to leave their jobs each year due to a mental health problem.
Properly supporting managers with advice and training on how to talk about mental health and promote wellbeing in their team can make a huge difference. One third of all employers say they struggle to find the information they need to correctly support the mental health of their employees. This needs to change.
To address this clear need, The Royal Foundation launched Mental Health at Work – a free online gateway for employers and employees to easily search for relevant and high-quality resources, information and training to help them improve wellbeing in their workplace.
The site has been developed in partnership with mental health charity, Mind, with the understanding that wherever you work, and whatever your industry, we all have mental health. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. And when it’s not, it’s important that we all feel able to talk about it at work.
Since its launch in September 2018, the gateway has seen tens of thousands of users from across the UK start their search for information and resources, equipping them with the tools they need to take steps to support the mental health of their staff.
No matter the size of your workplace, and no matter where you work, we all have mental health and Mental Health at Work can help you find what you need to change the way your workplace approaches mental wellbeing.
“My ambition is that this gateway can be the start of a big shift in working culture. It can genuinely help businesses ensure mental wellbeing is part of everyday working life. And because the places we work are so pivotal in our lives, they can also be the drivers of even bigger change. The positive impact of a mentally healthy workplace will last longer than any shift.” – The Duke of Cambridge at the launch of Mental Health at Work
Kirk’s Story – Mental Health at Work
When Kirk’s daughter, Holly, was diagnosed with an eating disorder, his world fell apart. Being able to talk about what he was going through at work helped him navigate through what was an incredibly difficult and painful time, and he received fantastic support and understanding from his team. He’s now leading the way in empowering his colleagues at work to talk about mental health, and ask for help if they need it.
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