Employers can begin by acknowledging that depression and anxiety are common conditions and encouraging staff to seek help if they become unwell.

Leadership from the top creates a more open culture, following which the role of line managers and supervisors is crucial. They need the knowledge, skill and confidence to respond to people with mental health conditions sensitively and positively.

Simple, cost-effective training programmes are now available to help managers to do this, whatever business they work in.

Read more on the totaljobs.co.uk blog.