Would you like to be able to make sure the conditions for good mental health are all there in your workplace?  These are the top 4 most useful documents that may be able to help you - just click on the picture or title to download. 


Essential Reading:



1. Taking Care of Business

Work-related mental ill health costs the UK economy up to £26 billion every year through lost working days, staff turnover and lower productivity. Would you know how much mental ill health costs your organisation? Taking Care of Business: Employers' Guide to Mentally Healthy Workplaces can show you how inexpensive, simple measures to support staff mental wellbeing can help you save up to 30 per cent of these costs. (Mind, May 2010).


2. Removing Barriers

Many people with mental health problems find it difficult to remain in employment and face isolation and discrimination in their workplaces. Removing Barriers: the Facts about Mental Health and Employment looks at the barriers to employment and at positive initiatives that are being undertaken. (Centre for Mental Health, July 2009)



3. Evening the Odds

People from Black and Minority Ethnic communities are less likely to use employment support services and less likely to succeed in gaining employment than their white British peers. Evening the Odds: Employment Support, Mental Health and BME Communities suggests some targeted actions that might help to make change happen. (Centre for Mental Health, July 2008)



4. The Emotional Resilience Toolkit

Created by employers for employers, the Emotional Resilience Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting the resilience of individuals and teams in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme.  (Business in the Community, May 2009)


If you're looking to improve mental health in your workplace, you may also be interested in the following additional documents - while not directly aimed at you, they will still be helpful with your question more broadly.


Further Reading:


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a) What Works For You

It can be hard to know what to do when someone you work with is going through a tough time or has a mental health problem. But knowing how to support a colleague can make a huge difference to how they cope. What Works for You? outlines how a colleague can be helped and suggests where to go for further advice. (Mental Health Foundation, December 2008)



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b) Realising Ambitions (The Perkins Report)

.For generations, people who experience mental health conditions have been "out of sight, out of mind".  Subtitled 'Better employment support for people with a mental health condition, Realising Ambitions, a review by Rachel Perkins, Paul Farmer and Paul Litchfield seeks to offer ways of reversing the trend of worklessness for people with a mental health condition. (Department for Work and Pensions, December 2009)


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