Britain’s biggest businesses commit to improving mental wellbeing in the workplace

More than 30 of the UK’s biggest organisations have signed up to a new mental health charter, a report has revealed.

Announcing the news, mental health charity Mind said the coalition is the largest of its kind to commit to improving wellbeing in the workplace.

The charter, known as the Mental Health at Work Commitment, comes after recent research revealed that just one in two workers say they feel comfortable about talking about mental health in the workplace. This is despite two in five workers reporting a work-related mental health issue in the last year.

Commenting on the new charter, Mind said the commitment will set out six clear standards based on what best practice has shown is needed to “make a difference” and “better equip employers to create an environment where employees can thrive”.

The standards include:

  1. Prioritise mental health in the workplace by developing and delivering a systematic programme of activity
  2. Proactively ensure work design and organisational culture drive positive mental health outcomes
  3. Promote an open culture around mental health
  4. Increase organisational confidence and capability
  5. Provide mental health tools and support
  6. Increase transparency and accountability through internal and external reporting.

Alongside the commitment, a new “one-stop-shop” for resources and advice on mental health issues has been launched to help employers in delivering support to employees.

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said: “It’s great to see so many employers take proactive steps towards creating mentally healthy workplaces by engaging with The Mental Health at Work Commitment.

“With issues like stress, anxiety and depression common across all employers, regardless of size or sector, we want to see every employer recognise and address any work-related causes of poor mental health among their staff.”

As of October, the charter has been signed by businesses including Barclays, Bupa UK, the CIPD, Deloitte, the John Lewis Partnership, and Lloyds Banking Group.

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