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Managing Mental Health in Small Businesses

13 Feb 2020

busy businesswoman cartoon surrounded by paperworkLong-time supporters of the IoD’s Inclusive Business campaign – leading mental health charity Mind – have kicked off 2020 with the release of a range of fresh resources aimed at targeting mental health within small businesses.

Small and medium sized organisations account for 99% of businesses in the UK. But did you know that research shows, when it comes to mental health, they often fall behind larger organisations?

Mental Health at Work brings together the best resources to support, advise and inspire you – wherever you work – to make a positive change around mental health. We know that small organisations face unique challenges. So, we’ve created a number of resources to help you and your small business - whatever its size - become as mentally healthy as possible.

Staying well when you're self-employed - read the article here. 

The number of self-employed in the UK has increased to 4.8 million since 2001 and continues to climb.  And although there are lots of benefits to working for yourself - such as more flexibility around working hours - spending so much time alone can really take a toll on our mental health.
In his blog Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, gives his advice to the self-employed community on staying mentally well. “Remember”, he says, “if you’re self-employed and work on your own, you shouldn’t have to feel alone.”

Emerald Group: the firm that built in mental wellbeing from the start

Taking the leap to starting your own business means you can embed a mental health strategy into the culture right from the start. Sarah set up her own company, Emerald Group, in 2009 and - sparked by poor experiences at her previous workplace - she decided to put mental health at the core of her business. So, how did she do it? Read Sarah’s story for her tips and advice - and to feel inspired.

The toolkit just for SMEs from the Mental Health at Work Gateway

In this toolkit you’ll find everything you need to start making a difference. Included is the eLearning from Mind, made in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses and employees of smaller organisations across the country.
The eLearning has three modules that are quick, free and easy to access. In the toolkit you’ll also find a comprehensive handbook, a free, simple and confidential mobile app and two practical tools that you can implement quickly and easily. 

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