An important report has been published on mental health in the workplace, which sets out what employers can do to better support all employees to thrive in work.
‘Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers’ is the result of a review commissioned by the government in January.
Of particular concern, the report notes that the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work, with 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem losing their jobs every year.
The report also sets out a number of recommendations, including that employers should adopt a number of ‘core standards’ to improve mental health in the workplace, such as producing and implementing a mental health at work plan, and providing employees with good working conditions.
The BPC welcomes the report, which highlights how far there is still to go until anyone experiencing mental ill health can expect to be fully supported in the workplace. We also agree that everyone should be able to access support.
Unfortunately, we have seen a number of important mental health services for people with long term mental health conditions experience financial cuts in the last few years. Where there are experienced clinicians who can help people experiencing long term mental health problems, it makes no sense that they should have their jobs cut.
The BPC’s membership also has particular expertise in helping people with long term mental health conditions and we will be seeking to contribute to the Leadership Council which will work to take the recommendations forward.