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Mentally Healthy Recruitment and Induction in Early Careers


More businesses recognise that they have the opportunity and responsibility to support the positive mental health of people in their early careers. Candidates themselves are also looking for employers who will be supportive, as CMHA research shows that 91% of people applying for an early careers job in financial, professional or legal services are more likely to apply to an employer that shows a commitment to supporting their mental health and wellbeing. It is more important than ever for businesses to take action. And this should start with the first contact a business has with future employees – at recruitment and induction. A mentally healthy recruitment and induction process should challenge mental health stigma, minimise stress and help those living with a mental health condition to feel supported to not only stay well but to thrive.

The CMHA, working with business and mental health experts, has identified eight Standards For Mentally Healthy Recruitment and Induction In Early Careers so that businesses can help young people to thrive from the very start. These standards are a road map for designing a recruitment and induction process that supports the positive mental health of young people, wherever they are on the mental health spectrum. They are supported by a CMHA Guide, which provides advice to make it easier for companies to achieve the eight standards.


The CMHA is asking businesses to commit to achieving these eight standards so that they can lead the way in helping people to Thrive From The Start.

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Member guide:  The CMHA created this guide to help organisations design a mentally healthy recruitment and induction process for school leavers, apprentices and graduates. It has been updated in July 2020 to take into account major world events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matters protests, that have changed how recruitment and induction processes are delivered and/or significantly impacted on young people’s mental health. Non-members  can also purchase the guide by contacting