‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ – A Film by Geoff Brokate and verd de gris arts

For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.

We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related, like deadlines or travel. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances. The value added to the economy by people who are at work and have or have had mental health problems is as high as £225 billion per year, which represents 12.1% of the UK’s total GDP.

It’s vital that we protect that value by addressing mental health at work for those with existing issues, for those at risk, and for the workforce as a whole. A toxic work environment can be corrosive to our mental health. We believe in workplaces where everyone can thrive. We also believe in the role of employers, employees and businesses in creating thriving communities.

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%.2.

from Mental Health Foundation : Support mental health at work

‘Working Well’ is a film project that seeks to explore the relationship between good mental health and employment practice and an employers responsibility to its workforce.

Working in partnership with Paul Butcher Calderdale MBC Director of Public Health the film provides platforming and advocacy opportunities: for local stakeholders to come together and stimulate open conversation and dialogue around issues related to better mental health at work.

You can watch the film here: