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Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

An independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer.

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Thriving at Work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers

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Easy read: Staying healthy and being happy at work

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We published the government response to this independent review on 30 November 2017.

Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.

It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.

The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity. The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 ‘mental health core standards’ that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health. It also details how large employers and the public sector can develop these standards further through a set of ‘mental health enhanced standards’. The review also makes a series of recommendations to government and other bodies.

Published 26 October 2017
Last updated 30 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the government response and an easy read version of the review.
  2. First published.