Wellbeing is good for business

Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the wellbeing of their people and create mentally healthy businesses.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.

Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year

Business costs of mental ill health graphic: £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £3.1 billion in staff turnover

Diagram adapted from Centre for Mental Health, 2017: Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on

The Centre for Mental Health has found that mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year - the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. Broken down, that's £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons.

According to the Centre for Mental Health, simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year. This is where we can help.

Mental Health First Aid training

Our training and consultancy is here to support you to manage wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life. We’ll work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing wellbeing strategy, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll get you started on that journey and guide you along the way.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.

We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

We have training options to suit a range of timescales and budgets, from basic mental health awareness sessions to a full Mental Health First Aider qualification. They are all designed to benefit employees, line managers, HR professionals, OH workers and senior leaders alike - to let all your people meet the challenges of the workplace head on.

By skilling your organisation in MHFA you can:
  • Give your people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy

  • Encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery

  • Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work

  • Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health

  • Help to embed positive, long term cultural change across your organisation

Mental Health First Aid course in the workplace

Why choose our training ?
  • Recommended by Business in the Community
    Read their call for employers to train their line managers in MHFA   

  • Quality assured 
    Every MHFA course is delivered by a qualified instructor who has completed our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health

  • Safe
    Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and are trained to support people throughout the whole course

  • Evidence based
    Our courses are written by experts, grounded in research, and tested by people with lived experience of mental ill health. Research and evaluation shows that MHFA courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health

  • Globally recognised
    Join the community of over 2.6 million people around the world who have trained in MHFA 


Take a look at our selection of free downloadable resources for workplace mental health including film clips, infographics, guidance for line managers, and more. 

See workplace resources