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Every year British Business loses millions of hours to mental health illness

17th January 2020
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According to recent figures, better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year**

From anxiety and stress to depression and addiction, the impact of mental health in the workplace has never been more acute; and it’s a problem that’s growing in size, not shrinking. Houston, we have a problem (and the statistics are stark).

Mental Health at Work Statistics

  • 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%).
  • Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).
  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.**

So what can employees do to help support their staff? Research consistently shows that proactive prevention is always the best solution to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and, because of this, investing in this area will pay off massively.

The solution is all in the figures. Promoting wellbeing at work through seminars, workshops and web-based materials will cost approximately £80 per employee per year. For a company with 500 employees, where all employees undergo the intervention, it is estimated that an initial investment of £40,000 will result in a net return of £347,722 in savings, mainly due to reduced presenteeism (lost productivity that occurs due to an employee working while ill) and absenteeism (missing work due to ill health).

Our Training Workshops

Our training workshops and training sessions are designed to arm businesses with the knowledge and support needed to help promote a culture of awareness and support in the workplace. We coach you on being able to spot a colleague in crisis, to knowing triggers in yourself, let’s remove the stigma and start the dialogue of support so we can help people on their journey to mental health wellness.

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*Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. (2009). Briefing 40: Removing Barriers. The facts about mental health and employment. Retrieved from

**ONS. (2014). Full Report: Sickness Absence on the Labour Market, February 2014. Retrieved from webarchive. [Accessed 28/07/16].