A report from the CentreForum Mental Health Commission think-tank has called for the government to take the lead when it comes to the growing issue of mental health related sickness, absence and loss productivity problems in the workplace.
The commission, which is chaired by former health minister Paul Burstow MP, wants all public sector enterprises and organisations with over 500 employees to become 'mental-health-friendly' employers in a bid to reduce the estimated £23.5bn cost of lost productivity due to mental health-related absences.
The commissions report, titled "The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health", said:
A mark of a good employer should be one who makes it obvious that people with a mental health problem can disclose and talk about it without prejudice. By 2020, 90% of these organisations should meet these requirements
It goes on to list five key priorities the government should focus on between now and 2020:
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