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Community launches new report on mental health at work

Community - 21st January 2019

This week, the Changing Work Centre, a joint research initiative from Community and the Fabian Society, launch Minds at Work: making mental health a priority in the changing world of work.

The report brings together leading figures from the charity sector, academia and politics including Luciana Berger MP (president, Labour Campaign for Mental Health), Barbara Keeley MP (shadow minister for mental health and social care), Roy Rickhuss CBE (General Secretary, Community), Paul Farmer, (chief executive, Mind), and a foreword by Alistair Campbell to address Britain’s growing workplace mental health crisis.



The report calls for an urgent rethink of attitudes towards mental health as the world of work continues to transform.

Key recommendations include:

  • A review of the Equality Act to ensure sufficient protections for those with mental health conditions.
  • Reforming statutory sick pay to make it more flexible, more generous and available to workers from day one of their employment.
  • Creating a new collective insurance scheme to help protect the incomes of self-employed workers if they need to take time off work.
  • Provision for mental health first aid in the workplace
  • Government, trade unions and employers to work together to make workplaces accessible.

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:

“We have helped thousands of workers get the support they need with their mental health.  As part of our priority campaign on mental health, we’ve developed mental health policies, a mental health guide, trained our reps in mental health first aid and developed a mental health charter for our employers.

Minds at Work is an important collection which explores the critical role of trade unions in addressing mental ill-health and providing the right support in the workplace.”

Download the Minds at Work report here



  1. Contact Callum Munro, Head of Media, Politics and Campaigns 07821 250904 or
  2. This report represents not the collective views of the organisations involved but only the views of the individual authors.
  3. The full list of contributors to this report is: Josh Abey, Luciana Berger MP, Jed Boardman, Gillian Connor, Kate Dearden, Gill Dix, Paul Farmer, Sally Anne Gross, Barbara Keeley MP, Roy Rickhuss, Chris O’Sullivan, Ruth Yeoman.
  4. The report is published by the Changing Work Centre – a joint initiative from the Fabians and Community. The Changing Work Centre is a research centre exploring the changing world of work, run by the Fabian Society and the trade union, Community.
  5. The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank. Founded in 1884, the society is at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left. The society is alone among think tanks in being a democratically-constituted membership organisation, with over 7,000 members. It is constitutionally affiliated to the Labour party.
  6. Community is the modern union for a changing world. The union has hundreds of years of experience standing up for workers and their communities. Today, Community represents workers across the country in every part of the economy, including a growing number of self-employed workers.