A recently published independent review, Thriving At Work, looks at how employers can better support the mental health of employees.

The government-commissioned review, by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, makes a wide range of recommendations to improve the mental health of all those currently in employment, including those with existing mental health problems.

The report sets out the ‘mental health core standards’, a framework for a set of actions for organisations of all sizes to implement, drawn from existing best practice. These standards include producing and implementing a mental health at work plan and developing mental health awareness among employees. Further guidance and tools to help implement the standards are included in Annex A of the report.

The report also outlines a series of more ambitious ‘enhanced’ standards for employers who can, and should, do more to lead the way. It recommends that public sector employers should implement both the core and enhanced mental health standards. It also makes a number of recommendations for government, including legislative change to enhance protections for employees, particularly those with fluctuating mental health conditions.

A copy of the report is available here. The government’s response, with details of any recommendations it proposes to take forward, will be published in due course.