Summary of the new UK Guidelines for Mental Health at Work

Full paper available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/654514/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf

Employer Mental Health Core Standards recommended by the review:

 

  1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan that promotes good mental health of all employees and outlines the support available for those who may need it.

  2. Develop mental health awareness among employees by making information, tools and support accessible.

  3. Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling,during the recruitment process and at regular intervals throughout employment, offer appropriate workplace adjustments to employees who require them.

  4. Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development.

  5. Promote effective people management to ensure all employees have a regular conversation about their healthand well-being with their line manager, supervisor or organisational leader and train and support line managers and supervisors in effective management practices.

  6. Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing by understanding available data, talking to employees, and understanding risk factors.

 

Other topics covered in the review:

  1. Facts & Costs

  2. Full recommendations for employers

  3. Role of transparency and leadership

  4. Role of regulators

  5. Recommendations for the public sector & government

  6. Implementation and delivery advice