Do you run a small business? Have you ever supported an employee with mental health problems?

At the moment, it seems that everyone is talking about mental health at work. But so far, nobody has really asked small businesses about their experience.

There is plenty of guidance about managing workplace mental health out there on the web, but how much of it really works for small and micro businesses?

We know that small firms are not the same as large organisations. Workplace relationships may be more informal but resources are often tight and owner-managers have to juggle many different roles. Small business owners may not feel expert in everything they have to deal with – human resources, absence management, sick pay – as well as keeping the business running.

A new research project at the University of York – Mental Health in Small Businesses – is trying to find out more about the experience of small businesses when it comes to managing mental health at work. The researchers would like to talk with people who own, manage or run small businesses, who have experience of supporting an employee through a time of mental health difficulty.

By highlighting good practice and challenges, the research will be used to improve the quality and relevance of mental health guidance for small businesses.

If you would like to find out more about the project or have an experience that you might like to share in a one-to-one conversation with a researcher, please get in touch.



The research is being carried out independently by the University of York. It has no funding or sponsorship from any external organisation. All research participants are guaranteed full anonymity.