Thriving at Work


“The UK could and should be one of the leading nations in relation to mental health. If the UK prioritises mental health at work, we can become global leaders in reducing stigma, improving the mental health of the population and support for those who need it, and in the process, improve the UK’s productivity."


The extraordinary vision from the 2017 UK Report Thriving at work


On October 26, the report Thriving at work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers was published. Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned it in January 2017, after announcing efforts toward transforming mental health support in the UK. It was conducted by Lord Dennis Stevenson, campaigner for mental health reform, and Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Task Force.


GOV UK REPORT Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers
Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

This Mental Health in the workplace report is very powerful for our work, Making Mindfulness Meditation available to all UK School children by 2022 to support more resilience and happiness, because it adds costs, investment and ROI, the language of decision makers.


Deloitte's research found that the return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive, with an average ROI of 4:1.


The Deloitte report a Supporting Study explored the following questions:


  • What is the cost of poor mental health to employers?
  • What is the return on investment (ROI) to employers from mental health interventions in the workplace?
  • What can we learn from international examples regarding good practice?
  • We have calculated the cost of poor mental health in the workplace to be a significant number at £33bn-£42bn; the mid-point of which is equivalent to almost 2% of UK GDP (2016). This cost is borne by businesses of all sizes and across all industries, with our analysis showing the costs per employee ranging from £497 – £2564, depending on the industry and sector.


The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is part of the What Works Centre network. A What Works Centre is a bridge between knowledge and action for decision-makers. We are an independent collaborative centre that puts high quality evidence on wellbing into the hands of decision-makers in government, communities, businesses and other organisations. We bring pioneering thinkers together from across these sectors to share ideas and solutions. Our goal: to improve, and save, lives through better policy and practice for wellbeing.