In a hyper-connected world – in which work and ‘life’ aren’t so much balanced as they are increasingly integrated – employers must take a ‘whole life’ approach to their staff’s health.
More needs to be done to ensure that mental health policies and procedures are embedded across organisations. Four in five of our employing members do not offer mental health training for management. Simply put – that needs to change. In those firms with board structures, mental health must be put higher up the agenda.
Employers have a duty of care in physical health, and they should have one in mental health, too. The good thing is that it is easier than people think. Opening up a conversation, and demonstrating a willingness to listen, is the first step. As so often, conversation and prevention are as important as the cure. Government too has a role to play – in large part by communicating existing schemes, and driving cultural change from the top