Mental health for small workplaces
Small and medium organisations account for 99% of the businesses in the UK. But research shows that, when it comes to mental health, they often fall behind larger organisations.
We know that there are unique challenges, as well as unique opportunities, that come with working in smaller businesses. We’ve put together a collection of resources designed to help.
This toolkit contains everything you need to start making a difference. Below, you’ll find:
- a comprehensive handbook filled with advice and tips for small business owners and the self-employed;
- a free, simple and confidential mobile app to encourage your employees in taking care of their own wellbeing;
- and two practical tools that you can quickly and easily implement to start making a difference straight away.
This toolkit used to contain Mind’s online eLearning for small workplaces. However, we are no longer able to provide support for those using the training, and so it has been removed.
Mental Health at Work has partnered with Simply Business to support the UK’s self-employed with their mental health and wellbeing. Together we surveyed more than 700 small business owners to understand their challenges. Now we want to start a conversation and break the stigma surrounding mental health at work.
Resources in this toolkit:
Every Mind Matters: Your Mind Plan
Your Mind Plan is part of the Every Mind Matters mental health platform from Public Health England. By answering five simple questions you'll receive an action plan to improve your wellbeing and look after your mental health.
Excessive pressure and demands at work can cause stress. HSE's Talking Toolkit helps you to have a series of conversations with workers to identify and help prevent work-related stress.
Stress risk assessment
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing, and acting on, a risk assessment. This is an easy-to-use template you can use, along with examples from three small to medium-sized businesses.
A well-written mental health strategy can help provide guidance when people ask for help, highlight areas that might need improvement. This guide can help you get started if you're writing a new strategy from scratch.