Mental health issues can affect one in four people at some point in their lives. They are a major cause of long-term absence from work. Employers should promote good mental health and provide support for employees who are experiencing mental ill health including anxiety or depression.

This factsheet gives an overview of mental health issues in the workplace. It provides guidance on supporting employees’ mental health at work, including spotting early signs of mental ill health and training managers. It emphasises the importance of making helpful adjustments at work and offers guidance on providing specialist help for employees who need it.

Explore our viewpoint on employee health and wellbeing in more detail, along with actions for government and recommendations for employers.

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