Half of employees see mental health support from their companies as an important part of wellbeing. Getting support for their mental health from their employers is the top priority for workers right now. According to the latest research from GRiD, the group risk industry body, employees felt that mental health was the most important of all four key pillars of wellbeing (mental, financial, physical and social). Half (49%) of employees chose mental health over the other three wellbeing pillars, showing that they believe that employers should be responsible for supporting the mental health of their workers. When asked what area the individual employee would most like support from their company for, a third (34%) also chose mental health over the other areas. Ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10th, 2020), the research shows that people are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that poor mental health could have on them. With many people now working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, employers need to be more conscious than ever about how to support their teams when it comes to mental health. However, mental health is not the only area that people want employers’ support. While mental support is seen as most important by a large percentage, other areas of wellbeing are also highlighted as being important. Just under a third (29%) of workers want their employer to provide financial wellbeing support, while physical (22%0 and social (16%) support were also seen as important. When you consider that each of these three areas can also have a knock-on effect in terms of mental health, employers need to ensure that they are working to support all of their employees in various ways. One area that companies could help workers is with access to mental health support. While many people will likely to turn to the NHS for some form of help, they are likely to face long waiting times to access the support they require, which can negatively affect their mental health. However, organisations can look at ways to help those who need it, such as employer-sponsored life assurance, which often comes with embedded support like fast-track access to professional mental health support. Spokesperson for GRiD, Katharine Moxham, said: “Accessing mental health support independently is a minefield given the practical difficulties people face in gaming access to the right kind of help for the, and funding support privately can be prohibitively expensive. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health for All’ and calls for greater investment, but that investment may not have to be as significant as employers think.” “Employers would do well to look at the mental health support that’s included within their group risk purchase (such as access to an Employee Assistance Programme, fast access r talking therapies, apps for managing mental health and more). Accessing the mental health support that’s fully funded by group risk providers, not only saves time and cost but more importantly, lives.” Employers who make use of the mental health support that is embedded in their group risk purchase can provide the help that their employees want, as well as help them to improve their mental health, which will have a positive impact on employees and the overall company.