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 practices and provide support for those employees who are struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

This factsheet gives an overview of mental health issues in the workplace - a problem which can affect as many as one in four people at some point in their lives and represents a significant cost for employers. It provides guidance on supporting employees’ mental health at work, including spotting early signs of mental health issues, training line managers, and promoting a work-life balance. The factsheet emphasises the importance of making adjustments at work and concludes by offering 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


Useful contacts and further reading

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