Mental Health in the Workplace

With over a fifth (22%) of businesses now reporting that mental ill health is the primary cause of long-term absence compared with 13% in 20161, there is a growing awareness of the importance of good workplace mental health and wellbeing.

Looking at mental health as a workplace asset.


How to manage and support your employees’ mental health.


Stress can be a pre-cursor of wider mental ill-health.


Helping our GIP customers get the right mental health support.


45% of employees who have taken time off work due to their mental health gave another reason for doing so2. Clearly we have some way to go before employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health and employers feel well equipped to support them. This mental health in the workplace hub is designed to help…

1 CIPD, ‘Health and Wellbeing at work’ report. 2018

2 ‘Added Value: Mental Health as a Workplace Asset’ report, Mental Health Foundation and Unum. 2016

Mental health at work

Exploring the barriers and people’s coping strategies

Recognising, valuing, improving and protecting mental health in the workplace makes sound business sense, so we’re proud to be partnering with The Mental Health Foundation to highlight the importance of safeguarding employees' mental wellbeing.

Promoting a healthy culture and implementing polices that support people’s mental health isn’t a simple tick box exercise. Here we look at the challenges that businesses face, but also the opportunities that being proactive about mental health can bring.


A 2016 report produced by the Mental Health Foundation, Oxford Economics and Unum.

An at-a-glance look at some of the key mental health trends in the workplace.

A visual guide to share with your employees showing daily tasks that can help improve mental health.

Managing mental health


Help for HR, business owners and line managers

Enabling employers to be a part of the process is a vital part of tackling - and preventing - mental health issues in the workplace.

Between August 2016 and July 2017, mental health accounted for 17% of all Unum’s Group Income Protection claims, second only to cancer3. By looking at mental health in the same way as we do physical health - as a state of health that everyone has - we can start to break down the stigma that still surrounds it.

3 Unum’s Annual Claims Statement. 2017

Mental ill-health can be unique to the individual, so access to a wide range of support is key.

A visual guide showing some of the ways you can help support your employees' mental health.

Our experience in claims and rehabilitation identified where we could make a substantial difference.

Recognising stress at work

How to recognise stressed employees and how to support them

Stress at work isn’t always a bad thing – it can help focus and prepare the body for action. But prolonged stress can lead to both physical and mental problems, and that's when it becomes an issue for both the employee and the company they work for.

With workloads/volume of work (60%) and management style (32%) now cited as the top two causes of stress at work4, nurturing your employees' mental health as well as recognising and knowing how to tackle stress, is something all companies, big or small, need to be prepared for.

Here we look at the causes of workplace stress and what businesses can do to help protect their staff and themselves.

4 CIPD, ‘Health and Wellbeing at work’ report. 2018


This online module looks at how to spot the signs of stress as well as how to support employees who may be struggling.

This guide looks at everything from how to recognise and tackle workplace stress to short and longer-term solutions to the problem.

Mental health pathway


Helping our GIP customers get the right mental health support as early as possible.

Unum’s Mental Health Pathway is available to all Unum Group Income Protection (GIP) customers. It gives them (and their employees) access to specialist support, quickly, when mental health or mental wellbeing concerns are first raised. The Pathway covers:

  • Holistic and preventative support on any issue related to mental health in the workplace
  • Early intervention support where an employee is struggling with their mental health. This can help employers and employees navigate that vital early period, and prevent temporary symptoms from becoming bigger or longer-term mental health problems.

For existing Unum GIP customers: Helping you get the right mental health support as early as possible.

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