Importance of mental health - Healthy Working Lives

Importance of mental health

Understand your legal duty of care to support the mental health of your employees

​​​​​​​Mental health is about the way we think and feel and our ability to cope. It is influenced by a range of factors, including our work and home life.

The business case for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your employees is a strong one. Here you can find information on why providing such support will benefit your organisation as a whole and why it is also a legal obligation and should be a priority for you.

Benefits of supporting mental health

Supporting the mental health of your employees can result in

  • fewer days lost to sickness and absence
  • improved productivity and engagement
  • improved teamwork
  • lower staff turnover and recruitment costs.

Legal requirements

As an employer you have a legal duty of care to minimise the risk of illness or injury to employees. This includes consideration of their mental health.

This duty is part of the

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Support your employees

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have detailed guidance on managing mental health at work

Visit the ACAS site for advice on Mental health in the workplace