Making the business case for mental health

What is mental health?


Mental health is a part of our overall health, it’s about:

  • How we feel, think, and behave
  • How we cope with the ups and downs of everyday life
  • How we feel about ourselves and our life
  • How we see ourselves and our future
  • How stress affects us
  • How we deal with negative events
  • Our self-esteem and confidence



What are the costs associated with employees mental ill health?


With sickness absence, reduced productivity (recorded as ‘presenteeism’ – being present at work but not working productively), and staff turnover due to mental ill health, it costs the UK economy a total of 34.9 billion each year, the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce.


Source: Centre for Mental Health, 2017.

Mental health at work: The business costs 10 years on


Why invest in employee mental health?




Apart from the obvious reasons of providing a safe, supportive space for your employees to be happy, hard-working and productive, there are many other reasons why you should be investing in a wellbeing strategy.


We all have mental health!

Just as we all have physical health, we all have mental health too. Mental health issues are common, with 60% of UK employees having experienced a mental health issue due to work or where work was a contributing factor.

31% of UK employees have been ‘formally diagnosed’ with a mental health condition.


Cutting the ‘costs’ of mental ill health

£15.8 million days of sickness absence caused by mental health issues were recorded in the Uk in 2016.

£21.2 billion – cost of ‘presenteeism’. When we talk about ‘presenteeism’ we mean an employee who although present at work is working below productivity due to mental ill health.

£3.1 billion – cost of replacing staff who leave their jobs due to mental ill health each year.

£34.9 billion – cost of work-related mental ill health to UK employers each year.


Boost motivation & commitment

Employees favour a workplace that cares for their wellbeing and demonstrates support for wellbeing through a healthy workplace balance and strong diversity policies.

60% of employees would feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental health and wellbeing.


Break the silence, close the gap

Business in the Community, 2017: Mental Health at Work Report, found a gap between aspiration and reality for workplace mental health.

3 in 5 board members feel their organisation does ‘very well’ in supporting employees with mental health issues….however, only 11% of employees felt able to tell their line manager about any mental health issue.





Equip your managers!


84% of managers feel that employee wellbeing is their responsibility….

…but just 24% have received any training in managing an employee with a mental health issue. 

35% report having no workplace facilities or services that could help mental health and wellbeing.

3/4 believe there are barriers to supporting staff

1/4 feel ‘not very confident’ or ‘not at all confident’ in recognising mental health issues.



So, what can you do?


As part of your wellbeing strategy, which may include a broader wellbeing / work-life balance / physical activity programmes / general employee ‘perks’, you may want to consider a more impactful and successful training programme for line managers, HR’s or employees that wish to become mental health champions within the business.

Here at Be Empowered we provide Mental Health First aid training courses as well as general mental health awareness workshops, talks and stress management courses.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. (Click here to learn more about the course)

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Our MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor accredited by The Royal Society for Public Health, who is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

To date over 360,000 people across England have taken an MHFA course.


Click below to find out about how you can train with us!


Mental Health training courses