Creating a fairer Britain
Mental health conditions are widespread and most of us will either experience one, or know someone who has experienced one. One in four adults in the UK experience at least one diagnosable mental health condition in any one year.
In 2008 the Commission’s Who Do You See? research found that people with mental health conditions are one of the most discriminated against groups in Wales with:
Following these findings we have been working in partnership with mental health experts from the voluntary sector and equality practitioners in the public sector to address mental ill health in the workplace.
‘I wasn’t prepared to accept that’ tells the real life story of David and his experiences of mental ill health and work
You can also read the transcript of David's film.
We are encouraging employers to take action using our guidance and awareness-raising materials. With our partners we have looked at what makes effective policy and practice, defined the business case and agreed a strategy to promote the guidance to others.
We have developed a set of tools which you can use in your workplace to tackle sickness absence and address the stigma associated with mental health conditions.
Making sure that your workplace has an effective mental health policy for staff means that mental ill health can be managed more effectively benefiting both employer and staff member. Effective practice can reduce sickness absence, improve productivity and decrease recovery time. By supporting valued members of staff, you are retaining skills, knowledge and experience, which can be very difficult to replace.