The Cost Of Mental Ill Health At Work – Key FactsThe total cost to employers of poor mental health among their staff is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year. That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

The business costs of mental ill health comprise:

£8.4 billion a year in
sickness absence

The average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent is for mental health problems. This adds up to 70 million lost working days a year. One in seven is directly caused by a person’s work or working conditions.

£2.4 billon a year in
replacEment staff

Almost a third (31%) of staff said that they would consider leaving their current role within the next 12 months if stress levels in their organisation did not improve.

£15.1 billion a year in reduced productivity at work

‘Presenteeism’ accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as absenteeism and costs more to employers because it is more common among higher-paid staff.

BENEFITS OF MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDTaking action to promote mental wellbeing among staff, to give better help to those experiencing distress and to support those who need time off makes good business sense. The cost of neglecting mental distress at work is simply too high to be ignored any longer.



The Centre for Mental Health has calculated that: “Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs - at least £8 billion a year.”


NHS England report that: “MHFA training has increased participant personal confidence by 91%; knowledge and understanding of mental health by 99% supporting further the roll out to all staff who wish to undertake this training across the organisation.”


Reducing the costs of lost productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism


Retaining valued and experienced members of staff – and thus avoiding unnecessary recruitment and training costs


Reducing the cost of sickness absence payments


Meeting your duty of care and legislative obligations

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SERVICESWe deliver two courses; we offer Adult MHFA and Adult MHFA Lite.

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Adult MHFA

The Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised two day course.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental ill health
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.


Adult MHFA Lite

The Adult MHFA Lite course is an introductory three hour mental health awareness course.

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Define mental health and some common mental health issues
  • Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
  • Relate to people's experiences and support people in distress
  • Look after your own mental health.

RESOURCES Video links: Short videos featuring business leaders, employees and
community figures talking about the benefits of Mental Health First Aid


Infographics: These infographics are in PDF format and can be used on social media, on your website, in newsletters and shared via email. You can also put them up on the wall or noticeboard.


10 Reasons to invest in Staff MH


10 Keys to Happy Living


Triggers and signs of MH


Line Managers Resource


Sleigh Services Adult Leaflet

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Thank you for visiting my site! I am Sam Leigh and my mission is to empower people through education, providing them with the skills they need to help themselves and others. I am a champion of good mental health and wellbeing, especially in the workplace. I have over 10 years of delivering training in the public and private sector, and in communities.


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