• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Extra Support to boost Staff Mental Health


As part of the SNP Government’s £120 million Mental Health Transition & Recovery Plan, employers across North Ayrshire and Scotland now have access to a free online platform offering practical ways to boost mental health in the workplace.


As more people continue to return to the workplace, the SNP Government is encouraging employers to support the mental wellbeing of staff so that businesses can continue to recover from COVID-19.


Face-to-face training opportunities, clear guidance on the legal duties of businesses, and specialist third-party contacts will be in one place for the first time – making it easier than ever for employers to access the means of creating a culture of support and wellbeing at work.


Recent research shows poor mental health costs Scottish employers over £2 billion every year and that, for every £1 spent on mental health interventions, employers get back £5 in reduced sick days and increased productivity.


Kenneth Gibson MSP said:


“The pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, exacerbated by the ever-spiralling cost of living crisis.


“The SNP Government has therefore invested in providing employers with the tools to protect and support the mental health of their staff. This platform makes it easier than ever to achieve this, and I encourage companies across Scotland to get involved for the benefit of their staff and productivity.”


The new online platform is available at:


www.healthyworkinglives.scot/mentalhealth


The £120 million Mental Health Transition & Recovery Plan transforms support, with a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention. This has seen record levels of investment in mental health, record numbers of staff, and support being provided to a larger number of people than ever before.


Separately, the See Me in Work portal is a new free digital platform for employers in Scotland, designed to help transform cultures, policies and practices which will change the way mental health is treated in workplaces across Scotland. This can be accessed here.


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