Mental health issues have a significant impact on employee well-being and are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers are encouraged to promote good mental health and provide support for those employees who are experiencing mental ill health such as anxiety or depression.

This factsheet gives an overview of mental health issues in the workplace – an issue which affects one in four people at some point in their lives. It provides guidance on supporting employees’ mental health at work, including spotting early signs of mental health issues, training line managers, and promoting a good work-life balance. The factsheet emphasises the importance of making adjustments at work and offers guidance on providing specialist clinical and professional advice for employees who need it.

CIPD viewpoint

What is mental health?

The legal position

Supporting employees’ mental health at work

Making mental health a part of wider well-being at work

Useful contacts and further reading

This factsheet was last updated by Lisa Ayling, solicitor and employment law specialist, and by Rachel Suff.

Rachel Suff

Rachel Suff: Employee Relations Adviser

Rachel joined the CIPD as a policy adviser in 2014 to increase the CIPD’s public policy profile and engage with politicians, civil servants, policy-makers and commentators to champion better work and working lives. An important part of her role is to ensure that the views of the profession inform CIPD policy thinking in ER areas such as health and well-being, employee engagement and employment relations.

As well as developing policy on UK employment issues, she helps guide the CIPD’s thinking in relation to European developments affecting the world of work. Rachel is a qualified HR practitioner and researcher; her prior roles include working as a researcher/editor for XpertHR and as a senior policy adviser at Acas.

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