"In 2018, an estimated 15.4 million working days were lost to stress, anxiety and depression in the UK"
The SimplyBiz Group has launched a mental wellbeing module through its employee benefits platform, Zest Benefits.
The module launched to coincide with yesterday's World Mental Health Day and will offer support on a range of wellbeing issues including stress, anxiety and depression.
The tool will also feature practical guidance on factors which may affect mental wellbeing, such as nutrition, sleep, exercise and mindfulnes
It will be available as an optional, complimentary add-on to the 450+ employer firms that currently use Zest and the 300,000 employees who have access to the system through those employers.
The Group has also launched its own Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme, available to the 500+ staff it employs, which will include access to the new module.
Matt Timmins, joint CEO of The SimplyBiz Group, commented: “As a society, we need to talk much more openly about mental health and it is still a challenge for some businesses – particularly SMEs – to bring this conversation to the workplace. I’m delighted that the Group, through Zest, has been able to develop the first tool of its kind for the market, and am optimistic that it will be widely adopted by the employers who use the platform.
“In 2018, an estimated 15.4 million working days were lost to stress, anxiety and depression in the UK; improving awareness of mental wellbeing, encouraging conversations around this too-often taboo area and providing practical advice from experts on how to assess and manage mental health in the workplace can only be beneficial."