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​Mental health toolkit for employers


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A proactive approach to workplace mental health can help you grow your staff and your organisation. This toolkit is designed to help small and medium organisations build a culture that champions good mental health.


This is part of a suite of eight interconnected toolkits, produced by Business in the Community and Public Health England, to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees. Each addresses a different aspect of workplace wellbeing, with a common thread of mental health running through them all. They’re freely available and designed to be relevant to employers across all sectors.

The full suite consists of:

  1. Mental health toolkit for employers
  2. Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers​​Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers PDF 5 0A toolkit to support senior leadership, line managers, HR and occupational health and safety professionals to develop strategies to reduce the risk of a suicide that impacts the workplace, identify staff who may have suicidal feelings, and deal with crises.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  3. Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers”​Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers PDF 3 0A toolkit to support employers in their response to an employee taking their own life, at work or outside the workplace. It covers a complete timeline: from immediate discovery and dissemination of the news to post-traumatic support and grief.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  4. Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers​Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers PDF 6 0Sleep is essential for good health and wellbeing: better sleep is the biggest single contributor to living better. This toolkit has insight and advice for employers to address the increasingly damaging sleep-loss epidemic.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  5. Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight: a toolkit for employers​Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight: a toolkit for employers PDF 1 0Good physical health is closely linked to good mental health—and low physical activity and poor eating habits can undermine this. This toolkit has information and ideas to help employers take a positive approach to activity and diet.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  6. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: a toolkit for employers​Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: a toolkit for employers PDF 3 0Alcohol, drugs and tobacco contribute to short and long term ill-health for many working people. This toolkit has practical ways employers can promote health and support employees who want or need to change their relationship with these substances.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  7. Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers​Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers PDF 0 0Good musculoskeletal (MSK) health is integral to a full working life, and there's a clear link between MSK problems and mental health and wellbeing. This toolkit explains the issues and has practical guidance to promote MSK health in the workplace.Free By: Business in the Community View resource
  8. Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers​Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers PDF 2 0An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16–59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year. This toolkit outlines the duty of care employers have to employees and what their role is in preventing and tackling domestic abuse.Free By: Business in the Community View resource

This one, on mental health, aims to help your organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of your employees. It’s about taking positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health, and provides greater understanding of how to help those who need more support. It’s divided into sections on different topics with built-in navigation and links between them, so you can follow it step by step or go straight to the sections you want to know more about.

You can see the key messages and takeaway actions in a quick, graphical two-page summary .

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Very comprehensive and useful—definitely worth reading! Have used some of the advice in my role as a line manager and Mental Health Champion.

Cecilia Da Forno
Cecilia Da Forno

Fast Stream Cohort Leader, 

Civil Service

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