Why Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental ill-health can happen to anyone. In fact, stress, anxiety and depression make up 43.8% of all workplace illness and 60% of employees say they have experienced some form of mental health. The economic cost for businesses has been estimated in 35 billion in 2017, not considering the loss of employee potential.

For these reasons mental health at work has come under the scope of government recommendation, with the 2017 ‘Thriving at Work’ report setting out a framework of actions for employers to put into place to guarantee employee mental health.

At Joyful Living we have specific programmes for mental health, from introductory workshops to promote awareness to courses leading to a qualification, empowering first aiders to help colleagues. In addition, our services are conducive to mental health by treating physical and mental tension and promoting healthy habits through educational workshops.

Our Mental Health Programmes 

You can choose a different combination or even workshops on topics of your interest.
At Joyful Living we are flexible and always available to deliver the best programmes for our clients.

Mental Health Introduction

In this workshop, managers will be equipped with the skills and
confidence to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health
issues and effectively guide a person towards support.

Duration:  60-90 minutes
Suitable For: Ideal for Managers


MHFA England Logo  Mental Health Aware

The course is a good introduction to mental health and mental
wellbeing and helps people become comfortable with discussing
issues around mental health and mental illness and challenge stigma.

Duration:  4 Hours (CTA)
Participants: 12-25


MHFA England Logo  Mental Health Champion

The course is an awareness and skills course on mental health and mental wellbeing and helps people become comfortable with discussing issues around mental health and mental illness and provide initial support.

Duration:  Full day
Suitable For: Managers who want to be able to understand employees
in their teams affected by mental ill health


MHFA England Logo  Mental Health First Aider

The course is designed to train first aiders within the company to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, provide immediate support to colleagues in need and provide guidance towards appropriate help.

Duration:  2 days
Participants: 10-16
This course qualifies participants as Mental Health First Aiders


For more information and to discuss a Mental Health First Aid course at your workplace contact us on 020 3691 9420 or info@joyful-living.co


Happy Customer

  • “Nisha from Joyful Living was an absolute pleasure to work with. She helped me plan and deliver a very successful mental health programme to my company with several workshops, complemented by desk massages and desk yoga sessions. I’ve received loads of positive feedback from my colleagues and a demand for more frequent interventions

     One Manchester –  Rachel Armstrong – Office Manager

About MHFA Training 

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised education and training programme, which was introduced to England by the Department of Health in 2007.

We have a number of instructors who are approved by MFHA England. Trainers have attended an Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and have extensive experience at delivering mental health at work programmes.

For more information or to discuss a programme together please  contact us on 020 3691 9420 or info@joyful-living.co


Mental Health at Work – Useful Statistics


• Annual cost to employers of between £33 billion and £42 billion
• Between £1,205 and £1,560 per year per employee.

(Stevenson-Farmer – Thrive at work Report 2017)
• 15 million days lost in 2016 for mental health issues (including stress, depression, anxiety and serious conditions), 11.54% of total sickness absences
(Office for National Statistics – Days lost due to sickness absence, by reason, England: 2017)
• Mental ill health accounts for 39% of most common causes of short-term
absence and 56% for most common causes of long-term absence
(CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work – Survey May 2018)


The Stevenson/Farmer Thrive at Work Report 2017 concluded that investment in
employee wellbeing should be high on any company’s priorities when looking at
ways to increase productivity.
It recommends development of specific mental health strategies such as:
• Develop mental health awareness among employees
• Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing
• Mental health ‘first aid’ training for employees
• Deloitte’s analysis of case studies shows a positive return on investment of £9.98 for each pound spent on managers mental health training programmes, through a significant reduction in work-related sickness absence (Deloitte – Mental Health and Employment: the case for investment October 2017)

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