Duke of Cambridge to Launch ‘Mental Health at Work’



The Engine Shed, Bristol

Tuesday 11th September, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will launch ‘Mental Health at Work’ – a new initiative from Heads Together and the mental health charity Mind.

Funded by The Royal Foundation, Mental Health at Work is a new online gateway to resources, training and information that will change the way that we approach workplace mental health across the UK.

His Royal Highness will attend workshops that demonstrate the gateway, meet with people trialing the system, visit companies based at The Engine Shed and make a speech to officially launch the programme. Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, and António Horta Osório, CEO of Lloyds Bank, will also speak at the event.

Mental Health at Work is one of the initiatives being driven by The Duke as part of his ongoing work with Heads Together. Mind is one of the eight Heads Together charity partners.

During the engagement His Royal Highness will be meeting representatives from a number of organisations who have shown leadership in promoting good mental health in their own workplaces to discuss the roll out of the Mental Health Gateway nationally, and how it fulfils the ambition of the Thriving at Work recommendations (published in October 2017). The discussion will focus on the importance of leadership in moving from talking to action.

Mental Health at Work

Recent research from Mind demonstrated that employers wanted to make mental health a priority, but that as many as a third didn’t know where to find the resources they needed to get started. This online service is designed to make it easier for everyone to find the tools and information they need to make mental health at work a priority.

  • An estimated 300,000 people have to leave their job each year due to a mental health problem. (i)
  • The impact of mental health issues costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion every year. (ii)
  • Despite spending so much of our lives at work, a Heads Together report showed that only 1 in 4 people feel comfortable opening up about mental health to a colleague, and just 2% feel comfortable about going to HR. (iii)
  • A third of all employers say they struggle to find the information they need to correctly support the mental health of their employees. (iv)

Mental Health at Work is designed to be used by any firm, no matter how big or small, and regardless of the type of industry or location. It is primarily designed to support anyone with managerial or personnel responsibilities, but also has resources for anyone in the workplace.

(i) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf#page=18

(ii) https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/public-sector/articles/mental-health-employers-review.html

(iii) Survey of 14,000 people by YouGov, 2017 https://www.headstogether.org.uk/changing-the-conversation/

(iv) Research conducted by Mind, surveying over 600employers, shows that while many people want to make a change regarding mental health in their workplace, over a third weren’t able to find what they needed online

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