The Cost of Mental Ill Health At Work – Key FactsThe total cost to employers of mental ill health among their staff is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year. That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

The business costs of mental ill health comprise:

£8.4 billion a year in
sickness absence.

The average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent are for mental ill health. This adds up to 70 million lost working days a year, including one in seven directly caused by a person’s work or working conditions.

£15.1 billion a year in
reduced productivity at work.

‘Presenteeism’ accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as absenteeism and costs more to employers because it is more common among higher-paid staff.

£2.4 billion a year

in replacing staff who leave their jobs because of mental ill health.

BENEFITS OF MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDTaking action to promote mental wellbeing among staff, to give better help to those experiencing distress and to support those who need time off to come back to work makes good business sense. The cost of neglecting mental distress at work is simply too high to be ignored any longer.



The Centre for Mental Health has calculated that: “Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs - at least £8 billion a year.”


NHS England report that: “MHFA training has increased participant personal confidence by 91%; knowledge and understanding of mental health by 99% supporting further the roll out to all staff who wish to undertake this training across the organisation.”


Reducing the costs of lost productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism


Retaining valued and experienced members of staff – and thus avoiding unnecessary recruitment and training costs


Reducing the cost of sickness absence payments


Meeting your duty of care and legislative obligations

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We deliver Adult MHFA and Adult MHFA Lite. Bespoke packages can be negotiated.

SERVICESWe deliver mental health first aid courses to everyone. The courses we offer are Adult MHFA, Adult MHFA One Day and Adult MHFA Half Day.

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Adult MHFA Two day

Our Adult MHFA is an internationally recognised two day course.

By the end of the course will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental ill health
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

What to expect

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get an MHFA manual and workbook to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
On completion of the two day course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.


Adult MHFA One day

Our one day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an Adult MHFA Champion.

MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

What to expect

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get an MHFA manual and workbook to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

When you complete the day you'll get a certificate to say you are an MHFA Champion.


Adult MHFA Half day

Adult MHFA Half Day is an introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health.

It is designed to give you:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

RESOURCES Video links: Short videos featuring business leaders, employees and community
figures talking about the benefits of Mental Health First Aid


Infographics: These infographics are in PDF format and can be used on social media, on your website, in newsletters and shared via email. You can also display them on your workplace notice board.


10 Reasons to invest in Staff MH


10 Keys to Happy Living


Triggers and signs of MH


Line Managers Resource


Organisation Approach to MHFA


We deliver Adult MHFA Two Day, Adult MHFA One Day and Adult MHFA Half Day.

Bespoke packages can be negotiated.

Thank you for visiting our site. At Sleigh Services our mission is to empower people through education, providing them with the skills they need to help themselves and others. We strongly believe in the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing throughout the workplace. We view mental health first aid training as an effective way of shattering the stigma and stereotypes surrounding mental ill health, while offering useful guidance on how to support those around you.


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