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December/January 2017/2018 (vol. 14/4)

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An economic analysis produced in support of the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers makes an apparently strong financial case for investing in workplace mental health interventions. But the evidence isn’t quite what it seems.

THE government-commissioned review of mental health and work by Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer1 is just what is needed to prompt employers to address the lack of support and stigma faced by individuals coping with mental health problems. All employers, they say, should adopt six ‘mental health core standards’ (this issue pp. 8–9). To support the review, consultancy firm Monitor Deloitte was commissioned to calculate the cost of mental ill health to employers and carry out a ‘systematic review of literature’

John Ballard, editor

Author: Ballard J

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