Responding to the Stevenson-Farmer independent review into workplace mental health, Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:

 “We welcome this report’s approach to prioritising the mental health of the workforce and keeping mental health high on the healthcare agenda.
“Key to alleviating some of the pressures we are currently seeing within the mental health sector is the support offered to individuals before they reach crisis. Empowering employees to look after their own mental health is a crucial step towards this.
“The evidence shows that improving employee mental health is both beneficial to the individual and good for business, paying dividends in terms of morale, retention and productivity.
“The NHS has made great progress in this area. For example, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has introduced several initiatives as part of its happier@work project.
“This programme includes workshops on mental health awareness; skills workshops for managers; and practical skills for peace of mind, managing wellbeing and stress awareness.

“The more support the Government offers to spread these types of initiatives, the better.”