People Leave Their Job Yearly Due To Poor Mental Health

Theresa May

Theresa May commissioned the report in January Credit Toby Melville

"It's time for every employer to recognise their responsibilities and affect change, so that the United Kingdom becomes a world leader in workplace wellbeing for all staff and in supporting people with mental health problems to thrive at work".

"The UK can ill-afford the productivity cost of this poor mental health".

Many people are becoming more comfortable talking about the personal toll mental health problems can take. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the United Kingdom economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion. It suggested that the Health and Safety Executive revise its guidance to highlight employers' duty to assess and manage work-related mental ill-health. Anything which can be done to reduce the use of formal procedures is to be welcomed; all employers and HR officers should be giving serious thought to implementing the six core standards around mental health proposed in the Thriving at Work report. It says the government should also ensure that the NHS provides high quality mental health services, quick and convenient to fit around employment, and consider enhancing protections for employees with mental health conditions in the Equality Act 2010. It includes research by audit firm Deloitte on costs to employers and the state.

PM Theresa May, who commissioned the report at the start of the year, said she has "made it a priority of this government to tackle the injustice of mental illness".

These recommendations are based on best practice or evidence, and the authors state there is a "pressing need" for more robust evidence about what works to support improved mental health at work.


The review recommends employers should create an environment where mental health is an open conversation, and routinely monitor their employee's wellbeing.

It also found that people with long term mental health problems were leaving their jobs double the rate of their colleagues.

The prime minister said: "It is only by making this an everyday concern for everyone that we change the way we see mental illness, so that striving to improve your mental health - whether at work or at home - is seen as just as positive as improving our physical well-being".

The mechanics of a return-to-work programme. "It should spur employers into recognising that championing mental health and supporting employees makes good business sense and that inaction comes at a demonstrable cost".

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