In January 2017, the government commissioned a report by Lord Farmer and Lord Stevenson to review mental health in the workplace.
Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers was published today and has found that 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems are currently losing their jobs and that the cost to the economy is up to £99 billion per year.
The report contains a series of recommendations including timely access to treatment, a focus on prevention by giving employees the tools to look after their mental health and incentives to employers for creating mentally healthy work environments.
UKCP Chief Executive, Professor Sarah Niblock said: ‘We welcome the Thriving at Work review’s re-emphasis that it pays to invest in the mental health of the workforce.
‘We already know from UKCP’s own research that rates of anxiety and depression amongst workers have risen significantly in the past four years.
‘UKCP alone has more than 8,000 highly qualified therapists so the expertise and resources are there – it’s time employers and the government used them.
‘We hope as an organisation to contribute to the Leadership Council, to help shape a healthier, happier and more productive work environment for current and future employees.
‘In the current climate of low productivity and absenteeism, let’s make lasting change not just for current employees but for future generations.’