Why is mental health important to organisations everywhere?
The interaction between work and mental health issues is complex.
According to the Centre for Mental Health (Mental Health at Work: Developing the business case (Sainsbury Centre, 2007), 91 million days are lost each year due to mental health problems. The Centre has calculated that the total cost to employers is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year – equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.
Taking simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs a year.