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What is the Challenge?

The global pandemic has meant significant changes in the way we work, communicate and relax. The need for organisations to have an effective wellbeing strategy has never been more urgent.

The cost of poor mental health to UK businesses is calculated at over £43 billion every year (HSE Thriving at Work report 2017)

Wellbeing and mental health can still be seen as taboo subjects.

The business case for wellbeing and mental health spend is not always fully understood by leadership teams

The ‘burnout’ epidemic is increasing year on year.

What Is The Challenge?

We all have mental health. Better mental health is good for us all and society generally. Mind Fitness Training work with organisations to promote wellbeing and support better mental health. That makes sense ethically but also financially. There can be significant costs to organisations that do not support the wellbeing of their workforce. The statistics illustrating this are widely available and speak for themselves.

By taking your people from surviving to thriving, you improve performance, unleash potential and significantly reduce the costs of absenteeism, presenteeism and attrition.


“Employers that take steps to support mental health at work will benefit from a more productive, happy and loyal workforce. Those employers that ignore the issue, or who undermine the mental health of their staff, risk not only the health of the people who work for them but the wealth of their business and the health of the economy as a whole.”
Sarah Hughes, Centre for Mental Health chief executive

The Data

Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.

792 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide.

At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.

The total cost of mental ill health in England is estimated at £105 billion per year.

Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.

Stress, depression or anxiety is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; health and social care; and public administration and defence. By occupation, professional occupations that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress as compared to all jobs.

Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.

1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year.

Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England. Mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions.

People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs every year at around double the rate of those without a mental health condition. This equates to 300,000 people – the equivalent of the population of Newcastle or Belfast.

70-75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all.

Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.

At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.

Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year. Different studies will estimate the cost of mental ill health in different ways. Other reputable research estimates this cost to be as high as £74–£99 billion.

75% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts before age 18.

In 2018/19 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health.

Sources: The Mental Health Foundation / Mental health First Aid England / The Health and Safety Executive