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Thriving at work: the Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers


The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister in January 2017 and conducted by Lord Dennis Stevenson, the mental health campaigner and former chairman of HBOS, and Paul Farmer CBE, the CEO of Mind Mind Mind provides advice and support on mental health, and campaigns to improve understanding, across England and Wales. View organisation.

Including analysis from Deloitte and a range of interviews and case studies, the report shows that 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year, and around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. It looks into how employers can better support everybody currently in employment – including those with mental ill health or poor wellbeing – to remain in, and thrive through, work. The report shows the scale of the current challenge and the cost to employers. It discusses the economy of not improving our response to workplace mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

It proposes a set of “mental health core standards” –  a framework for a set of actions which all organisations in the country are capable of implementing quickly. There is also a set of more ambitious “enhanced” standards, building on the core standards, for employers who can do more to lead the way.

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An evidence-based review with solid and implementable recommendations is invaluable to encourage employers to take their responsibilities seriously.

Jane Fowler

Management Consultant,
PA Consulting Group

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