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CIPD responds to Stevenson/Farmer Review

Commenting on the Stevenson/Farmer Review of mental health and employers, Rachel Suff, Senior Employment Relations Adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said:

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“This welcome review shows that the UK is facing a greater challenge than expected when it comes to mental health in the workplace. With one in six people at work affected by mental ill health, a commitment from the Government to address the issues head on and adopt the recommendations will be a clear signal to employers to do the same.

“Mental health can still be hard for us to talk about, and we need to focus on improving the situation at a societal and workplace level. This report highlights the vital role that employers should play in tackling the persistent stigma and promoting inclusive workplaces.

“Creating a healthy workplace is good for people and good for business - employers need to understand the countless benefits of what a healthy and happy workforce can deliver in terms of productivity, retention and engagement. The success of this report will ultimately rest on the willingness of Government, employers and key stakeholders to work together in partnership to deliver long-term and sustainable change.”