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BPS endorses Thriving at Work recommendations

26 October 2017

The British Psychological Society strongly endorses the key themes and main recommendations in the independent review of mental health and employers, Thriving at Work, led by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind and Lord Stevenson, published today.

The report coincides with the release of statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions revealing that 300,000 people are forced to leave their jobs every year as a result of long term mental health conditions.

Moreover, it echoes many of the key recommendations of our forthcoming report on Psychology at Work (launching on the 14th November).  Our report outlines psychological evidence to demonstrate how policy makers can better tackle the challenges in establishing psychological healthy workplaces and appropriate individualised employment support, utilising approaches that work with human behaviour, not against it.   

Thriving at Work sets out six ‘mental health core standards’ which it encourages all employers to adopt:

  • Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan.
  • Develop mental health awareness among employees.
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling.
  • Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development.
  • Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors.
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Acting Director at Policy said:

“Work is not a universally positive experience.  Poorly designed jobs, work that is not organised well, difficult work environments, poorly trained managers and a lack of understanding of human behaviour in the workplace can create or exacerbated mental health conditions. 

For some people with physical or mental health conditions or disabilities the lack of the right support at the right time from employers can make finding and keeping a meaningful job difficult.   We are pleased to seen these issues are finally being taken seriously by Government”.

‘Psychology at work: Improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace’ will be launched on the 14th November. To receive a copy post-launch please contact [email protected]

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