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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15885: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many employers NHS Health Scotland has engaged directly with in each of the last three years regarding mental health issues.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 2 May 2018

There are a number of ways in which employers can engage with NHS Health Scotland’s services that provide support on mental health in the workplace. These services sit within the employer focussed Healthy Working Lives Programme.

The following information is provided by NHS Health Scotland.


The Healthy Working Lives Programme is responsible for the design and delivery of a suite of training courses on mental health. These courses are delivered by trainers (primarily Healthy Working Lives advisers) located in territorial health boards, or in other external organisations and by managers that have attended the ‘train the trainer’ course and wish to deliver training within their own organisations.

The figures given in the following table reflect the number of employers (interpreted as number of organisations) that have participated in one of the training courses. Please note the figures do not reflect the number of delegates attending and in many cases an employer is represented by more than one individual.

Enquiries to Healthy Working Lives National Adviceline

Healthy Working Lives advisers also directly support employers by providing advice through the National Adviceline. The figures given below are for specific enquiries on mental health, however, many more enquiries are received where mental health is one of a number of issues raised through an enquiry.

Topic Notes Year 2015-   16 Year 2016-17 Year 2017-18
Work Positive training Organisations can use the Work Positive stress management tool without attending training. 154 130 98
Face-2-Face Mentally Healthy Workplaces training In 2017-18, 975 individuals attended 77 training courses representing 474 organisations. 491 400 474
Face-2-Face training for trainers These figures represent number of individuals trained. 9 31 24
On-line training (one hour course) 368 378 450
Healthy Working Lives National Adviceline enquiries from employers and employees These figures relate to enquiries classed as ‘anxiety, depression, mental health’. In 2017-18 a further 415 were recorded under attendance management/fit note and many may have included mental health issues. 197 196 288

Healthy Working Lives website

The recently launched website ( ) includes specific support for employers on workplace mental health.