Many people are becoming more comfortable talking about the personal toll mental health problems can take.
But a new government report estimates the mounting financial cost to the nation.
Poor mental health drains up to £99 billion from the British economy every year, the study has found.
Around 300,000 people have to leave their jobs every year because of mental health struggles, according to the Thriving at Work report for the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health.
Employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play
Paul Farmer, one of the review’s authors and the chief executive of the charity Mind, said employers must do more to provide support.
“In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support,” Farmer said.