One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. While mental health problems are very common, most are mild, tend to be short-term and can be successfully treated. Yet, only one in eight people with a mental health condition are receiving appropriate treatment.
Psynergy Mental Health was founded to address this problem. We envision a future where everyone can be given effective interventions for mental health problems that are specific to them and can deliver both predictive and positive outcomes. Poor mental health not only has major long-term effects on individuals, but has major financial consequences for business. We aim to help relieve this burden for individuals and organisations as a whole.
Our Psynergy Objective Programmes are designed for forward-thinking organisations who wish to monitor and act upon the mental health of their organisation to the highest standard. Overall, we want organisations to foster the most productive and prosperous environment possible.
The major cost of mental health to employers
Recent large-scale reports have highlighted the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. The statistics are staggering. Here we show some findings from the recent 2021 Deloitte report on the topic.
Poor mental health in the workplace costs UK businesses up to £45 billion. These costs can be attributed to a combination of absenteeism (an employee's intentional or habitual absence from work), presenteeism (working whilst sick) and staff turnover.
Since the last major Deloitte report in 2017, there has been a rise in presenteeism, where individuals choose to attend work despite poor mental health but are unproductive in the work they do. Therefore, although sickness absence has fallen, the costs of presenteeism have risen.
When considering this against the number of those currently employeed within the UK, this equates to an average cost per employee of £1652 per year, regardless of if the individual is deemed to be ill. The below figure shows how this can be broken down by industry, with some industries being more affected than others.
However, there is also cause for optimism and early mental health interventions in the workplace are both highly effective and therefore have a huge potential for return-on-investment for businesses' bottom line, with an average of 5:1 return. For every £1 spent on reactive mental health support, there is a £3 return to employers. For every £1 spent on proactive mental health support, there is a £5 return to employers. For every £1 spent on organisational-wide culture and awareness raising, there is a £6 return to employers.
Our programmes have been constructed to provide the best innvestment for companies - providing the organisational as a whole the best tools to improvement mental health and wellbeing. As stated in the report: "Employers should screen individuals to provide targets and early-stage support to prevent their mental condition from worsening." This is precisely what our Psynergy Objective Programmes achieve.
Why get involved with us?
It is an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business. At Psynergy Mental Health, we work with organisations to do whatever they can feasibly do to achieve this.
Our Psynergy Objective Programmes are specifically designed to proactively benefit the mental health of everyone in the organisation. We also enable workers within the organisation to have their say so that we can together foster the most productive and prosperous environment as possible.
How to use our services
There are two ways to get going.
First way: from our website you can set up your own POPorg right away! Just purchase the number of users you'd like and you will be emailed all the relevant details to start your mental health campaign.
Second way: if you want to know more before you start, just get in touch with us via our Contact Us and we will arrange a meeting. We can help you at every point of the way.
Our work with the NHS
Psynergy Mental Health and the grounded research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humbar (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust have entered into a joint partnership, for the purposes of research and evaluation.
As part of our partnership, we are conducting innovative research for the purposes of improving the ways in which clinicians can understand objective measures of patient mental health.
Some of the work we are look at includes: (1) How clinicians determine the most effective outpatient psychotherapy for patients. (2) Helping clinicians predict treatment responses to particular treatments, such as antidepressent medications, in an objective fashion that can be monitored over time. (3) How we understand and characterise mental health conditions, in an objective way, by phenotyping patients.