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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should my organisation invest in mental health?


Mental ill-health is now the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing the British economy an estimated £42-£45 billion each year. To put that into perspective, each employer is estimated to lose between £1,652 and £1,716 per employee. That’s a potential loss of £16,520 if you employ just ten staff. And it’s not just about the bottom line either. Research has linked mental health with employee engagement, satisfaction and retention to name a few.

 

Does the Charter really make a difference?


Yes. By signing the Charter your organisation is signalling its commitment to support the wellbeing of its staff. This is reflected in our recent survey which found that, in those organisations who were signed up to the Charter, 3 in 5 employees had talked to a manager about their mental health; significantly higher than the national average of 11% reported in the Stevenson and Farmer Thriving at Work report.

 

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 to find the right candidate by signalling that you are prepared to support staff, regardless of a mental health condition.

 

Are staff required to inform us of a mental health condition?


Unless their condition would put themselves or others at a risk of harm, it is everyone’s right to choose whether or not to disclose a current or historic mental health condition to their employer. It is therefore important that, as an employer, you cultivate an open and supportive culture around mental health to help encourage those who are struggling to come forward.

 

Do you work directly with employees?


Whilst we do not work to support the mental health of staff directly, we do welcome conversations with managers to discuss how they might support a member of their team. We have also developed a number of publications, training workshops and other services to support your organisation in this endeavour.