Benefits and Statistics For This Training

Managers, bosses, directors – anyone who works with anyone listen up! Did you know –

Research confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers:

  • More than one in five (21 percent) reported that they had called in sick to avoid work (when asked how workplace stress had affected them)
  • 30 percent of staff disagreed with the statement “I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed”
  • 56 percent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance


(Source: MIND charity, March 2017)

Not only is the welfare of our staff affected it obviously costs employers huge amounts of money every year –

Absence from work due to mental health issues is thought to cost the UK economy £26 billion per annum.

The Health & Safety Executive’s draft ‘Health and Work strategy: Work-related stress’ identifies that 1.5% of the working population suffers from mental health issues, resulting in 11.7 million working days lost in 2015/16 (23.9 days/case).

Compare this to self-reported injuries – 4.9M working days lost (7.2 days/case) – and the scale of workplace mental ill-health is almost two and a half times the physical impact of unsafe workplaces and working practices.

(Source: – SHPonline February 2017)

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 it is an employers’ legal responsibility:

To ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. The Act, amongst others, requires:

  • adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety
  • adequate welfare provisions for staff at work

When we know that more people are booking sick with a mental health issue than those with a physical injury or illness – why wouldn’t we invest in mental health awareness training and spend time developing support strategies?

It is time to change the culture, time to listen and time to better equip managers and staff to deal with mental health.

After your training please consider signing up as a Mindful Employer, it will further strengthen resilience within your organisation, raise awareness and is a fantastic resource for signposting and support – it’s a nationally recognised status and the benefits include –

  • Demonstrates to employees and others that you are a responsible employer who cares about the wellbeing of staff
  • Expresses corporate social responsibility
  • Reduces staff and training costs
  • Helps towards complying with legislation (e.g. Equality Act & HSE)
  • Reduces sickness absence
  • Enhances customer service
  • Improves productivity
  • Helps retain staff who have experienced discrimination in the past

Makes for a healthier workplace