FSB backs Government’s call to meet the challenge posed by mental health issues

Mike Cherry of the FSB

Small businesses and the self-employed are keen to work with Government and others to meet the challenge posed by mental health, says the FSB.

Responding to the release of the Government’s ‘Thriving at Work’ Report, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said the standards outlined in the report were reflective of many of the initiatives advocated by FSB during its wellbeing campaign last month.

He said: “This report is right to recognise the differences between big and small businesses and we welcome the efforts of the reviewers in attempting to understand the small business perspective. For business owners, owning and running a business brings with it different challenges and pressures that can impact an individual’s mental health.

“Following publication, we call on the Government to work together with small business and the self-employed on what can be done to ensure the mental health needs of business owners, employees and the self-employed can be met.

“There is a collective responsibility shared by Government, business owners, and each of us as individuals to work together to destigmatise mental health and create an open environment where we can all talk about and take care of each other’s mental health

“Although this review was focused on helping those in work, the Government must act to help get people suffering with a chronic problem into work – particularly when the labour market is tight. The Government can show its commitment to truly full employment by delivering its manifesto commitment to incentivise employers to take on people, such as those with chronic mental health conditions, who have traditionally found it more difficult to access work.”