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Seven actions towards a mentally healthy organisation

What's the issue?

To the individual mental illness can be isolating, exhausting and sometimes deadly. But it also takes its toll more broadly on organisations and businesses across the globe. Whether it’s a small business or a multi-national FTSE 100 company, tackling mental illness head on is a necessity in today’s world.

From an investors' or owners' perspective, policies that promote mental health are good not only for the people who work for the organisation but also for its financial performance.

What can be done?

This guide has been produced to help individuals – no matter where they sit in an organisation – to develop and build the case for tackling mental illness in their workplace. 

All of us can have a positive impact on the mental health of those in our company or business. 

Seven actions

Action 1

Be aware of the workplace environment and how it can be adapted to promote better mental health for  you, your colleagues and the organisation.

Action 2

Learn from the motivations of organisational leaders and employees who have taken action.

Action 3

Don’t reinvent wheels, be aware of other companies who have taken action, and how.

Action 4

Understand the opportunities and needs of you and your colleagues, in helping to develop better policies for workplace mental health.

Action 5

Take practical steps to help your organisation.

Action 6

Find out where to go if you or a colleague needs help.

Action 7

Get started!

Who’s involved?

This guide has been produced by experts from across the world of business, academia and mental health. The group were brought together as part of the Global Agenda Council on Mental Health, and convened by the World Economic Forum.

All the individuals involved have experience in treating, investigating or otherwise combating mental ill-health and its impacts. By working together their hope is to equip others with the tools and resources to start taking action.

The information in the guide, compiled in late 2015 and early 2016, is the result of a substantial combination of outreach to organisations, online research, and personal expertise of the authors. However, it is by no means comprehensive and will hopefully be developed and built upon. 

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Download a copy of the seven step guide. 

How do I cite this? 
Seven actions towards a mentally healthy organisation: A seven-step guide to workplace mental health; World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health 2014-2016; 2016. Available at: 

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