Mental ill health is estimated to cost UK businesses £35 billion annually and is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, with 127 million hours of work lost in 2015 due to mental health-related absence – the equivalent of around 75,000 individuals losing the entire working year.
However, for all but the biggest corporates or businesses where the leadership is engaged with the mental wellbeing agenda, little is being done to address a clear need.
So in conjunction with our charity partner, Mind, The Royal Foundation has been developing the Heads Together Workplace Wellbeing Programme, which will deliver much of the help and support recommended by the government-mandated report “Thriving at Work” (Stevenson/Farmer, October 2017).
The programme consists of two core elements:
- An Employer Gateway – an online portal containing curated resources enabling employers to address workplace mental health constructively and proactively;
- Online SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Employee Training aimed to equip employees with information and training about workplace mental health, so that they can better support themselves and their colleagues.