‘Stressing’ the importance of promoting good mental health in the workplace.
27 October 2017
In January 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight the “hidden injustice” of workplace mental ill health and, in doing so, commissioned an independent review by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer (Chief Executive of the charity, Mind).
Yesterday, the Stevenson Farmer Review of mental health and employers, “Thriving at Work”, was published. The Review makes 40 recommendations to the Government setting out what employers can do better to support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and “thrive through work”. The most important recommendation is that employers should adopt and commit to six mental health core standards, which lay the foundations for an approach to workplace mental health. These include:
- having a mental health at work plan in place;
- increasing awareness among employees;
- encouraging good working conditions;
- encouraging open conversations about mental health and the support available;
- stipulating line management responsibilities; and
- routinely monitoring staff’s mental health and wellbeing.
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