Following the Stevenson and Farmer Review in 2017, Mind wrote a guidance document entitled “How to implement the Thriving at Work mental health standards in your workplace”.  The forward to this guidance was written by Paul Farmer, who was co-author of the review.

The guidance sets out how organisations can implement the 6 core standards, and 4 enhanced standards which are set out in the Stevenson and Farmer Review, and recognises the importance of leadership, culture and good quality people management processes in relation to ensuring healthy workplaces.

The standards are:

Core Standard 1: Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan that encourages and promotes good mental health of all staff and an open organisational culture

Core Standard 2: Develop mental health awareness among employees by making information, tools and support accessible

Core Standard 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, with appropriate workplace adjustments offered to employees who require them

Core Standard 4: Provide your employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work/life balance and opportunities for development

Core Standard 5: Promote effective people management to ensure all employees have a regular conversation about their health and wellbeing with their line manager, supervisor or organisational leader and train and support line managers in effective management practices.

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


Enhanced Standard 1: Increase transparency and accountability through internal and external reporting to include a leadership commitment and outline of the organisation’s progress on mental health

Enhanced Standard 2: Demonstrate accountability by nominating a health and wellbeing lead at Board or Senior Leadership level, with clear reporting duties and responsibilities

Enhanced Standard 3: Improve the disclosure process to encourage openness during recruitment, ensuring employees are aware of why information is required and make sure the right support is in place to facilitate a good employer response following disclosure

Enhanced Standard 4: Ensure provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signposting to clinical help and signposting to clinical help, including digital support, employer-purchased Occupational Health or Employee Assistance Programmes, or NHS services, amongst other sources of support

The Mind guidance on “How to implement the Thriving at Work mental health standards in your workplace” can be found using the red button below

Mind Guidance