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Professional Focus: Mental health in the workplace - Should I be worried?


Publication date:

15 April 2020

Last updated:

09 June 2020


Professional Focus, Peter Freeth

Mental health is getting a lot of coverage in the media, but is it a real issue that you should be worried about or just a passing fad? 

15% of people experience mental health problems in the workplace, with almost twice as many women affected as men. Almost twice as many women as men experience anxiety or depression, yet most of this will go completely unnoticed in the workplace - until it's too late. Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses, in total, up to £8 billion per year, and around 1 in 8 days taken off sick are due to mental health issues. Clearly, this is more than a wellbeing issue, this is a business risk.

In this session, Peter Freeth will be sharing some truths, and revealing some myths, about mental health - enabling you to navigate this complex and increasingly important area to create a better working environment for you, your colleagues and your employees.

In short, supporting good mental health in the workplace creates a better working culture, reduces stress, increases productivity and gives you one less thing to worry about. Wouldn't that be a weight off your mind?


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what is 'mental health'
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the employer
  • Recognise the signs of mental health problems
  • Learn some simple ways that you can improve your own mental wellbeing

This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.


  • Mrs Marian Fudia Kargbo
  • 24 April 2020 05:24PM

Its a very educating work

  • Ms Joanne Wilson
  • 23 April 2020 08:40AM

I have watched and enjoyed this but unfortunately it’s not showing on my CPD. Can anyone help?