New Workplace Wellbeing Initiative to launch from September

Prince William announces that from September, Heads Together and Mind will together provide a digital ‘go-to’ resource for employers to find information like PDFs, blogs, videos, podcasts, documents and brochures containing information about mental health at work. This will hopefully kick-start a workplace revolution to solve this enormous organisational issue. The initiative aims to make it easy for employers to find resources on different mental health issues in order to better support employees and offers online training for small and medium-sized businesses.

The announcement said that “over 80% of the UK’s working age (16-64) population in employment and 1 in 6 British workers are affected by mental health issues.  Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK with 127 million hours of work lost in 2015 due to mental health related absence – the equivalent of around 75,000 individuals losing the entire working year.”

And setting out details of the initiative, it revealed that they “consist of a ‘Mental Health at Work’ website and online training that will aim to equip employees and managers with tools, training and a good understanding of mental wellbeing in order to create a healthy and supportive working environment. This website will bring together curated online resources enabling employers to access workplace mental health and online training, including specific training for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), for whom it is often more difficult to provide employee mental health support.”