TOOLKIT LAUNCHED TO HELP EMPLOYERS CREATE MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACES
According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 17.5% of the working age population have symptoms of a common mental health problem.
This means that in Fife, mental health issues are affecting over 40,000 16-24 year olds at any one time. The cost of this to businesses is significant, with estimates putting costs at around £1,300 per employee per year.
A toolkit has just been launched to help employers create mentally healthy workplaces – the best way to reduce sickness absence due to mental health issues.
The ‘just:ASK LISTEN TALK’ toolkit suggests steps you can take to improve how you and your staff view mental health at work.
It also gives you guidance on how to open up channels of communication with staff who are off sick due to poor mental health and how to support them back to work.
Developed by Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service, the toolkit is part of the 2019-20 Workforce Wellbeing Action Plan for Fife launched on 20 March by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills.