Around 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs each year, a report has revealed.
The Thriving at Work report commissioned by Theresa May, found that the annual cost to the UK economy has been estimated as up to £99 billion.
The independent review - conducted by Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, and Lord Stevenson, the former chairman of HBOS - also found that people with mental health problems are losing their jobs at double the rate of people without such conditions.
Mr Farmer said they found that in many workplaces mental health is still "a taboo subject" and that opportunities to prevent poor mental health are being missed.
He said: "In many instances employers simply don't understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.
"The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear.
"Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce."
Analysis by Deloitte for the review suggests that mental ill health costs employers up to £42 billion every year.
At Something in Mind we have been working hard to offer a good variety of healthy dishes in our cafe. Whilst doing this we have used feedback from customers to create a fantastic selection! We have worked with the local Slimming World groups and the council as part of their healthy eating initiative.
Our consistency paid off and we were approached to work towards a Food4Health award. Food4Health awards recognise and reward food businesses that offer healthy food options and promote healthy eating. There are three awards; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each award considers the types of foods and ingredients used, how food is prepared and cooked and how the business promotes healthy eating. Businesses working towards achieving an award receive advice and support on nutrition and healthy catering practices.
Our cafe staff and volunteers spent many months creating new dishes and regularly being assessed by the council. From this we were recently awarded the Gold Food4Health award and were the only cafe in Redcar & Cleveland to do so! The award is a brilliant success for Something in Mind and we feel it sets us apart from the other cafes in the town. We strive to always offer wholesome competitively priced healthy meals which has attracted lots of regular customers to Something in Mind.
The Mobile Mindspace is an innovative vehicle which will tour towns and villages in Redcar & Cleveland offering advice and support about Redcar & Cleveland Mind’s services. Staff and volunteers will attend existing and established events and activities and meet with people who would not normally have access to our services. The Mobile Mindspace has been designed so that private one-to-one meetings can take place safely and confidentially within the vehicle. This project is particularly important as statutory services have been reduced, alongside access to public transport in rural areas. The vehicle will be out and about in October. So if you organise events or activities for people in Redcar & Cleveland and think that your group would benefit from a visit, then please call 01642 296052 and speak to Gary Brown our Projects Officer. The vehicle was purchased using a grant from national Mind in London and the artwork was funded by a Community Health Fund grant administered by the R&C Voluntary Development Agency.
Pictured above is the Mobile Mindspace with the prototype design by local company Humphrey + Potter of Saltburn-by-the-Sea