Celebrating our successes, and looking to the future – Mental Health At Work
11/09/2019

Celebrating our successes, and looking to the future

Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer

CEO, Mind

A year ago, we launched the Mental Health at Work website, with the aim of connecting employers to vital mental health information and resources to help them improve the wellbeing of their staff. We’re delighted that we’ve come so far, with over 270 resources on the site, allowing anyone to find mental health information they can use at work. It has been accessed by 167,480 individuals to date, meaning a sizable number of UK organisations have been touched by our work.

These are successes we should celebrate, but we also need to look ahead to the future.

One of our proudest developments has been the implementation of the Mental Health for Small Workplaces eLearning​Mental health for small workplaces eLearning Website 2 1 Working in a smaller organisation brings unique challenges and opportunities in supporting your own and colleagues' wellbeing. This short eLearning course can build your confidence in thinking and talking about mental health.FreeSign up for free to access By: Mind View resource, aimed at helping businesses who traditionally might not have a large training budget, but still have the drive to make a difference for their people. So far, over 4,000 employees have registered with the elearning, allowing them to access the tools they need to support their colleagues, and themselves, with workplace mental health concerns.

These are successes we should celebrate, but we also need to look ahead to the future. In October, we’ll be asking more businesses to solidify their commitment to mental health, we’ll be continuing our sector focuses with an-depth look at the NHS, and more exciting resources will be added to the site. We’re aware there are still some gaps in our resource pool, and we’re considering new ways to seek out information to ensure we cover as much of the UK workforce as we can.

Three NHS staff look at an x-ray
Our expanding resources will be underpinned by true stories from workplaces around the country.

And we’re looking further into the future too. In the coming months, the Mental Health at Work team are planning to explore which groups might be at more likely to experience stress in the workplace, including factors such as age, race, and sexual orientation. Our expanding resources will be underpinned by true stories from workplaces around the country, and advice from industry experts on how to keep your workplace strategy moving forwards.

In October, we’re planning to host a blog from our steering group partner Business in the Community Business in the Community Business in the Community exists to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. View organisation on the intersection of race and mental health. Later in the year, the CIPD CIPD CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. View organisation will be joining us to discuss financial wellbeing, and what employers can do to help staff manage their own finances.

Happy employees gather around a computer
So many employers are switching on when it comes to their employees’ mental health.

As we continue to expand and evolve, our goal remains the same: connecting workplaces to the information they need to improve the mental health of their staff. We are currently in process of measuring our impact, but we are heartened knowing that so many resources have been viewed by over 167,00 people so far. This shows us that so many employers are listening and ready to take action when it comes to their employees’ mental health.

And as we enter the next phase of this project, we will continue reaching even more employers across the country. To do this, we need the continued support of those with real stories and workplace successes around mental health. If you would like to share your experiences with the Mental Health at Work team, do contact them at .