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Mental health in London’s workforce

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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 has worked 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.

The project involved 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 also included 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.

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Read the literature review on the effectiveness of workplace-based mental health interventions >