The report, ‘Leading on mental wellbeing: transforming the role of line managers’, calls on all businesses to sign up to Mind’s Time to Change organisational pledge and to introduce Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for managers. MHFA training is valuable for developing mental health literacy, spotting the early warning signs of mental ill health and building confidence to signpost people to appropriate sources of support – and is particularly relevant when set against a rise in common conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.
The report is being launched at a ‘Leading on Mental Wellbeing’ event today, hosted by Royal Mail, with speakers including Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health. The launch coincides with Time to Talk Day, which aims to highlight the importance of having open and regular conversations around mental wellbeing.
The report shows a clear correlation between employee wellbeing and business performance, with improved engagement being estimated to be worth as much as £25 billion to the UK economy. Line managers are among those most severely affected by increasing workplace pressures, with the average manager working an extra 46 days each year and over half of managers concerned about the impact of long hours on their mental health.