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Work with other businesses to support the nation’s mental health

Any business can join our working group, which meets virtually every 2-3 weeks. You’ll be making a difference to improving the nation’s mental health by:

  • Identifying areas where joint action from the business community is needed
  • Sharing tips and resources to help firms take action on priority areas
  • Raising awareness of existing campaigns.

Be part of a concerted effort to improve the UK's mental health

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Supporting employees’ mental health if you’re not sure where to begin

Read the CBI’s guidance and resources

Our guidance is developed with business, for business:

  • Read our mental health in a crisis factsheet
  • Watch the CBI’s webinar on mental health and wellbeing with Michael Cole Fontayn, Chairman of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, including how to instil employee confidence during the return to work. You can also watch our webinar with Faye McGuiness from mental health charity Mind on supporting the mental health of staff during the pandemic
  • Read our Front of Mind report draws on evidence from nearly 350 UK businesses to set principles for mental health that all firms can follow.

Take a look at the wealth of existing guidance

Our Supporting Mental Health Challenge Group have put forward these resources as the ones that have helped their business to deal with the impact on their employees:

  • Mental Health at Work contains resources and advice for senior leaders to take action on employee mental health, with lots of support aimed at key workers
  • The Business in the Community network has created a number of toolkits to support employee health and wellbeing. They have also updated their Mental Health at Work Commitment for Employers to reflect on the impact of COVID-19
  • It is vital for employers to take an inclusive approach to supporting their whole workforce during the pandemic. For more information, see Business in the Community’s toolkit on taking an inclusive approach to remote working. They have also created a factsheet on Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women, mental health, and coronavirus – including information on action employers can take.

Share your resources and ideas to help other businesses support their staff

Contribute your own resources to help other firms
Firms can donate any information, guidance, or content they have produced to add to the Mental Health at Work hub.

Share how you’re supporting furloughed staff

Join the CBI’s Supporting Mental Health Challenge Group to share how you’re supporting furloughed workers and hear how others are too. Businesses should be mindful of the rules of the furlough scheme when considering how to contact furloughed employees. They should also talk to individuals to understand how they would like to be contacted.

This is leading to new and innovative ways for firms to support furloughed workers:

  • Be clear on the government’s guidance on the Job Retention Scheme - the CBI’s Job Retention Scheme factsheet contains further information and FAQs
  • Some businesses are using upskilling platforms to make furloughed employees feel that they are still part of the workforce and included. The government has launched an online learning portal, with open and flexible courses to support numerical and digital skills. Hays has developed a free online training platform, Hays Thrive, which includes courses and practical advice on wellbeing and remote working
  • Other businesses are introducing informal ways to stay in touch. For more information, read specific guidance on supporting furloughed employees – City Mental Health Alliance or the CBI’s Mental health in a crisis factsheet.

Connect with other businesses to manage the return to work with care

Join the CBI’s Supporting Mental Health Challenge Group to share learnings, challenges, and solutions as more employees start returning to work:

  • Take a health-first approach, updating policies and working practices to ensure employees can work safely. For example, Build UK has updated site operating procedures to protect their workforce
  • The Mental Health at Work hub has a specific toolkit on returning to the workplace after the coronavirus lockdown
  • Take a look at existing guidance around returning to work after an absence. Though not specific to the current circumstances, it could provide a useful foundation. Start with the CBI’s Front of Mind report.

Be inspired

How are other businesses stepping up?

  • Facebook has been working with the NHS and Every Mind Matters to circulate videos with practical tips for how people can help to look after their mental health during lockdown
  • Co-op Midcounties has donated 30 smartphones, worth £5,000, and free calls for three months to the Elmore Community Services team, to enable them to support their community’s mental health remotely by hosting group chats with clients
  • STV has launched the next phase of the ‘Britain Get Talking’ campaign, encouraging people to pick up the phone and share messages with friends and family; the initiative is a partnership with ITV and is backed by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, YoungMinds, and Mind.

Find out more about our work

Supporting mental health is part of the CBI’s Biggest Challenges Project

Supporting mental health is part of a wider initiative to bring businesses together to address the social and economic challenges presented by coronavirus. You may also like to get involved in our redeploying people challenge - which helps businesses redeploy staff from low to high demand sectors - and our helping families in hardship challenge – which looks at support initiatives that help vulnerable groups.