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Make prevention a priority

Issued: 29 September 2022

Speaking opportunity to share your experiences

We are quickly approaching our first anniversary of the Working Minds campaign. 

As part of this we are creating video content showcasing what our partners, supporters and Champions have been doing in their own organisations.

If you or a colleague would be willing to share your experiences and learnings on video please email

Latest news

Supporting Mental Health at Work | CIPD

A new guide containing information, practical advice and conversation checklists for managers to better support those experiencing stress and mental health issues has been published.

The guide, 'Supporting mental health at work: guide for people managers', has been jointly developed by our partner mental health charity Mind and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Get more information and download the guide

WHO and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work

World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have published two new publications:

  • WHO Guidelines on mental health at work
  • a derivative WHO/ILO policy brief to help tackle mental health issues at work on a global scale 

Find out more 

Challenging times

Stress, depression or anxiety already account for around half of work-related illness in the UK and the cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019.

Worries about finances is a common concern across Great Britain with many people seeking support from services such as Samaritans and Mind.

Whilst some stressors are not work-related, employers play a crucial role in helping people stay well and working by not adding to or aggravating issues.

Project lead at Lifelines Scotland, Gill Moreton, says: “We can’t protect people from the outside world, but we can create a work environment that promotes good mental health. Research tells us that supportive management, supportive teams work as really effective buffers for people.”  

Working Minds can help you make it routine to prevent stress and support good mental health where you work. According to Deloitte’s refreshed case for investment, employers investing in mental health get an average return of £5 for every £1 spent.

Five simple steps to start today

The earlier a problem is tackled the less impact it will have for your teams and your business.

Follow our Working Minds 5R’s

  1. Reach out and have conversations
  2. Recognise the signs and causes of stress
  3. Respond by agreeing relevant action points between employer and worker
  4. Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?
  5. make it Routine to check back in on how things are going.

If you think that a worker is having problems, encourage them to talk to someone, whether it’s their line manager, trade union representative, GP or their occupational health team if available.

If you need a bit of help getting conversations started, see HSE’s Talking Toolkit to help structure and prompt your discussions.

Signposting support

You may find the following links from other organisations and partners helpful to share with colleagues and teams:

For more about the campaign visit our Working Minds website.

What's coming up...

During October we’ll be focusing on the construction sector. In addition, 2 important dates coming soon are:

  • 10 October is World Mental Health Day, the theme this year is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'
  • 2 November is National Stress Awareness Day

You can help to champion Working Minds by downloading and sharing the campaign visuals. Awareness day graphics will be coming soon.

If you’d like help or something bespoke for your channels, get in touch by email