Only 17% of CEOs publicly support mental health initiatives

22% of organizations reported providing mental health training to managers

Only 17% of CEOs publicly support mental health initiatives

A recent study has revealed that while almost all (95%) organizations acknowledge the significance of mental health in the workplace, only 17% of CEOs have made public commitments to support mental health initiatives. 

The research comes from Churches, Charities and Local Authorities' (CCLA) second annual Corporate Mental Health Benchmark which assesses how the world's 110 largest listed companies handle workplace mental health. The organizations are ranked into five tiers based on their overall approach and performance. 

The study found that almost one in five organizations have improved their mental health management and disclosure since 2022.  

While 78% of these organizations offer various mental health services and support channels, and 60% invest in awareness campaigns, only 22% have reported offering mental health training for line managers. Additionally, 25% have recognized the link between good mental health and fair pay and financial wellbeing

“The economic case for investment in mental health at work is clear,” said Amy Browne, stewardship lead at CCLA. “The results suggest that most employers now dedicate resources aimed at dealing with the symptoms of ill-health. Few, however, are taking preventative action by ensuring managers are trained in the provision of healthy work environments.” 

Out of the employers assessed, only 17% have published CEO statements endorsing workplace mental health, matching the findings from 2022. Organizations with a published CEO statement scored an average benchmark score 75% higher than those without such a statement. 

Furthermore, the study found that the number of organizations recognizing mental health as a critical business concern has risen from 90% in 2022. 

“While there have been notable and encouraging improvements, there is still significant work to be done to enable workers at the world’s largest employers to thrive,” said Browne.