In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Business Secretary Vince Cable has called upon employers to publish their mental health strategies and for the extension of mental health services to 18-25-year olds.
Sending a warning to industries that if they fail to publish their practices, the Government must compel them to do so, Vince Cable said:
“Businesses must become far more transparent about how they help staff deal with mental health issues. Only 11% of our biggest employers disclose any information on mental health in their annual reports, according to Business in the Community, but to ensure that best practice is shared across industry, improving the workplace for all employees, they all must.
“This transparency would also drive standards through competition, and with mental health finally being more openly discussed in society and our schools, it is time workplaces stepped up.
“If big companies won’t voluntarily disclose this information or produce a thorough, publicly published plan of action, then the government should take heed of the Stevenson/Farmer review and amend legislation to force employers to do so.”
On the issue of mental health service provision for young adults, Mr Cable said:
“Children and adolescents face a cliff edge in mental health services when they turn 18. There has been a hugely positive response to this proposal from the mental health experts I have addressed this week.
“Our current system means teenagers are having to face the major life changes of leaving home, going to university and starting their first jobs without the mental health support they need.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats would ensure all young people can access Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services up to the age of 25, rather than 18 or 16. A joined up service to the age of 25 would support young people through the major transitions of life.”