Mental health at work: the business costs ten years on

Centre for Mental Health, September 2017

This report updates a calculation made ten years ago, when mental health problems in the UK workforce were estimated to cost employers almost £26 billion. It finds that the cost is now £34.9 billion as a result of inflation and a rise in the size of the workforce since 2007. This means that mental health problems cost £1,300 for every employee in the UK economy.  The report finds that by far the largest part of the business cost is in the form of reduced productivity among people who are at work but unwell: or ‘presenteeism’. This costs businesses twice as much as sickness absence relating to poor mental health. The remainder of the cost relates to turnover – people leaving their jobs as a result of poor mental health.

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Prevention concordat for better mental health

Public Health England, August 2017

Public Health England has launched a new national prevention concordat for better mental health, focussed on preventing mental health problems and promoting good mental health. The aim is to galvanise cross-sector action to secure the adoption of effective prevention planning arrangements in all local areas (a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health commitment). As part of this PHE have published a series of documents for use by Commissioners, Providers, Directors of Public Health and local public health teams to create systems that are able to prevent mental ill health as well as treat it.

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Click here to access the guidance and additional documents.

Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems

Education Policy Institute, August 2017

This report examines the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. The analysis explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity.  The report finds that one in nine inpatient units in England failed to meet the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios, while around a quarter did not employ enough permanent staff.  The report also identifies problems with delayed discharge of patients and that inpatient mental health services for young people on average failed to meet 7% of minimum standards.

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Feasibility of a UK community-based, eTherapy mental health service in Greater Manchester: repeated-measures and between-groups study of Living Life to the Full Interactive, Sleepio and Breaking Free Online at Self Help Services

BMJ Open,

There is increasing evidence to support the effectiveness of eTherapies for mental health, although limited data have been reported from community-based services. Therefore, this service evaluation reports on feasibility and outcomes from an eTherapy mental health service.

Data presented provide evidence for feasibility of this eTherapy delivery model in supporting service users with a range of mental health difficulties and suggest that eTherapies may be a useful addition to treatment offering in community-based services.

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MH:2K Oldham: a youth-led approach to exploring mental health

Involve, July 2017

MH:2K is a new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to identify the mental health issues that they see as most important, engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics and work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.
From September 2016 to July 2017 MH:2K was piloted in Oldham.  This report presents the project’s findings and recommendations on youth mental health, the impacts of the project and the methodology of the project.

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