It is Time to Talk Day today. Mental health issues affect about 1 in 5 people so it is likely many of your employees are affected but you do not know that.

Not knowing will not help an employer if an employee is disabled as a result of mental ill health in claims for indirect disability discrimination or other forms of discrimination where the employer ought reasonably to have known about the disability.

Employers invest considerable sums in training and retaining staff so there is a real commercial benefit to getting someone suffering from, for example depression, back to work.

A depressed employed may feel completely worthless and that they will never work again.

How does one get them back to work?

The Time to Talk Day initiative and website is a great source of knowledge. Sometimes a depressed employee will not want to talk but a walk with someone can be invaluable as it can help reduce the depression that may bite in the morning because the exercise releases endorphins.

Medication and counselling is very important as is good sleep. The payment for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ("CBT") has been held to be a reasonable adjustment where that had been recommended by a consultant psychiatrist and it was sufficiently "job-related".

Specialist medical advice should be taken at an early stage and regard had to that in a phased return to work.

From never thinking they would work again, if an employer does assist an employee in getting back to work the knowledge, skill and experience of that employee will be retained by the business and contribute to it.