The Importance of Mental Health in The Workplace


Ensuring employees are mentally well is beneficial for a company and for workers both at work and in all other aspects of their lives.

The Importance of Mental Health in The Workplace

According to the UK mental health charity Mind, at any one time, at least one in six workers are experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Figures from the UK Workplace Wellbeing Study have shown that mental health will be the second biggest challenge set to face employers within the next five years. With poor mental health costing UK employers an estimated £26 billion per year, due to workplace absences linked directly to mental ill health. By increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and society, we can all start to break the stigma and build a more open and inclusive culture.

As well as affecting an employee’s judgement, ability to work with others and productivity, mental health problems such as anxiety and depressions. This can lead to an inability to fully concentrate which can often cause costly mistakes or accidents in the workplace.

In contrast to this, good mental health works as an asset to a business, helping employees to thrive. Businesses should not only aim to reduce mental health problems, but also encourage positive mental health throughout the while organisation.

Employers have an essential role to play in supporting employees with education about mental health and creating an open dialogue. Providing resources that promote awareness can help create an accessible and positive workplace, one that fosters engagement and attracts talent.

Therefore, we are delighted to announce that Karen Churchill, Account Manager for Cortech, has just been appointed as our Mental Health First Aid Responder. Following her successful completion of the FutureQuals Level 2 Award in Mental Health: Workplace Responder qualification.

Karen recently enrolled on the course, which is led by St John Ambulance, to gain an understanding of mental health issues that can affect individuals at work. The course covers the nature of mental health conditions and mental health episodes and the roles, responsibilities, legislation, and best practices relating to managing mental health in the workplace.

The role of a Mental Health First Aid Responders is to act as a first point of contact, providing support and guidance to their colleagues. As well as being someone to talk to whenever they are struggling, they will also act as an advocate for mental health in the workplace, helping to reduce stigma and enact positive change.

Commenting on the qualification, Karen said “I would like to thank Cortech for their support. I was keen to attend this training course as I believe every organisation should aim to create a supportive and positive culture where it is understood that everyone needs to look after their mental health and wellbeing in the same way that we look after our physical health.”

To find out more about the course you can visit the St John Ambulance website.