Because every business is different, there’s no one-size-fits all approach to creating a mentally healthy workplace. You’ll need to think about what will work for you and develop a plan that reflects your aims. Regular updates will help ensure everyone comes along on the journey – these can be face to face, via email or through your staff newsletter or intranet.

A number of resources are available to help you develop your plan and communicate with your people. Check out the links on this page, or download the full starter pack.

We've also put together 10 top tips to help businesses get started, depending on their size. Check out our tips for small businesses or medium and large businesses.

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Develop a plan

There's no right or wrong approach when it comes to developing and implementing a strategy for better workplace mental health. Some businesses might decide to focus on one or two actions, while others opt to put together a more comprehensive plan. Remember to ask your employees for feedback on what the business is doing well and where you could improve.  

The Heads Up action plan tool lets you create a tailored strategy for your business. You can allocate responsibility for different actions to people across your organisation and set timeframes for implementation to help you stay on track.  

Communicate your commitment

You've decided to make workplace mental health a priority - congratulations on taking this important first step. Communicating this to employees, clients and other stakeholders helps create a sense of collective ownership, as well as strengthening your business's reputation. 

Resources to help you

These examples provide some suggestions for key messages you might want to include in an email to staff - cut, paste and edit and adapt the sections that relate to your organisation. Whether you use these as a starting point or write your own, remember to talk about what you're planning, why it's important, and what the next steps will be.

Getting your team together to share your plan can be a great way to get everyone onboard and provide an opportunity for questions. These notes include some of the points you might want to cover, but your message will have more impact if it's personalised and comes from the heart.  

An article in your staff newsletter, intranet or website lets you share more information about mental health in the workplace and why you're committed to taking action. You can adapt these messages for internal and external audiences.

Other ideas for sharing your message 

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