Frequently Asked Questions

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and as such, we are required to follow and comply with NHS processes and Government Service Standards. Drawing on the clinical expertise and resources available to us through our association with the NHS, we are proud to offer employers a specialist approach to workplace mental health support and advice.


Despite the fact that MINDFUL EMPLOYER is administered by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, we do not receive any public funding to run the service. As such, MINDFUL EMPLOYER operates as a non-profit dedicated to supporting employers to achieve better mental health at work.

Why should my organisation invest in mental health?

Mental ill-health costs UK employers an estimated £42 billion to £45 billion pound each year in lost productivity, increased sickness absence, and higher staff turnover. That is an average cost of between £1,652 and £1,716 per employee. Although these figures are alarming, the good news is that, as employers, we are uniquely positioned to support the mental wellbeing of our staff, and for every £1.00 spent on mental health initiatives, employers can expect an average return of £5.00.

As a Charter signatory, will I have to employ people with mental health conditions?

As an employer, you will want to employ those who have the right knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics required to perform the job. Being involved with MINDFUL EMPLOYER does not change that. Instead, with one in four of us likely to experience a mental health condition at any one time, it can in fact help you find the right candidate by signalling that you are prepared to support staff, regardless of a mental health condition.