As well its impact on individual wellbeing, poor mental health also has a significant cost to businesses and the economy as a whole in the UK. The Stevenson Farmer review of mental health and employers estimated that around 15 per cent of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition, and recent estimates by Deloitte put the costs of poor mental health to UK employers at £42-45 billion per year. In response, many businesses are already delivering some form of workplace mental health and wellbeing support, or considering it.
The Policy Institute is working with three of London’s business improvement districts (BIDs) – Northbank, Victoria and Victoria Westminster, to deliver a programme of work exploring how the mental health of London’s workforce can be better supported in the workplace.
This project will involve conducting interviews with London businesses to better understand the nature of the mental health challenges they face, the support they already provide to staff and the barriers to delivering support. It will also include a rapid review of the evidence around ‘what works’ to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, based on evaluation evidence of existing interventions.
Through this research we aim to develop recommendations to businesses, government and other relevant stakeholders on how to strengthen the provision of appropriate mental health and wellbeing support to employees. Our ambition is for this to contribute to better outcomes for workers and businesses, in London and around the UK.
We intend to publish the findings of this research in Autumn 2020.
Literature review on the effectiveness of workplace-based mental health interventions >