This guideline covers how to create the right conditions for mental wellbeing at work. It aims to promote a supportive and inclusive work environment, including training and support for managers and helping people who have or are at risk of poor mental health.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- strategic approaches to improving mental wellbeing in the workplace, organisation-wide approaches and having a supportive work environment
- external sources of support
- training and support for managers
- individual-level approaches, employees who have or are at risk of poor mental health and those in high-risk occupations
- engaging with employees and their representatives
- local and regional strategies and plans
- considerations for small and medium-sized enterprises (including micro-enterprises)
Who is it for?
- Senior leadership and managers, including supervisors of volunteers
- Human resource teams
- Employees, self-employed people and volunteers
- Local and regional authorities
- Professional and employee-representative organisations
- All those with a remit for workplace health (including occupational safety and health professionals and occupational health teams)
- Members of the public
Guideline development process
NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guideline.
This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline PH22 (November 2009).
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.