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Question ref. S6W-04447
Asked by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 17 November 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it has introduced to ensure that workplaces safeguard the mental wellbeing of their staff.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 26 November 2021


Answer

We know that meaningful, fair work can provide important benefits for people’s mental health and wellbeing. We also know that creating workplaces which support and promote good mental health benefit individuals and employers.

Our ‘Mental Health – Transition and Recovery Plan outlines our response to the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and sets out our commitments to supporting mental health and wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic. The plan includes key employment actions to promote and support mental health and wellbeing at work.

A Short Life Working Group, consisting of employer groups, trade unions and mental health organisations, has been established to help take forward our key employment actions. The group is working collaboratively to identify the issues and challenges that employers are facing in supporting mental health at work. The outcomes of this phase of work will inform the next steps that will be undertaken to ensure employers have the support they need to create mentally healthy workplaces, free of stigma and discrimination.