ACAS launches new mental health guidance for the workplace

Employers are being urged to familiar themselves with new mental health guidance released by ACAS for better wellbeing at work.

New guidance is published

ACAS, the governing body for improving workplaces for the better, has published new guidance on reasonable adjustments to improve workforces’ mental health, in conjunction with Affinity Health at Work.

The guidance includes what a “reasonable adjustment” might be, for example, asking for support or reviewing working relationships. Employers can also find guidance on how to respond to any reasonable adjustments required, as well as how to manage employees who request them.

Poor mental health can be costly

According to the Mental Health Foundation, working conditions and conditions are one of the biggest contributors to poor mental health in the UK. The charity claims evidence that suggests nearly 1 in 7 people experience mental health problems in the workplace and that more than 12% of sickness days in the UK can be directly linked to mental health.

Not only can it have a detrimental effect on the individual, it can also affect performance - and business’ bottom line. The Mental Health Foundation also claims better mental health support in the workplace could save UK businesses up to £8bn annually (source as before).

Time to check in

With ACAS’ new guidance coming out, it’s a good time for employers to check in with their staff and open up the lines of communication. Make them aware of what they can do to request any measures needed and review any policies to make sure mental health is given consideration.

More information and ACAS’ new guidance can be found in full here.

Employers and employees can also talk to us for any support or advice they might need in relation to mental health and improved wellbeing at work.

Contact the Employment team at Downs Solicitors to see how we can help.


Heather Love

Heather Love


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