Monday, January 16 has seen the launch of the 2023 Workforce State of Mind Survey. Open to anyone working within fitness and active leisure, the Survey can be accessed from workplacementalwealth.com.  The research explores the mental wellbeing of people at all levels of the workforce as well as asking employers about approaches to protecting and supporting the mental health of their teams.

Lindsey Simpson, co-founder at Workplace Mental Wealth and curator of the State of Mind Survey, says: “A great deal has happened nationally and globally since we last surveyed the sector in early 2022 and this year it will be fascinating to see how positive and negative factors are affecting wellbeing. Our core questions enable us to identify year on year patterns, and our new questions help us understand the impact of recent events. So, for example, this year with the cost-of-living crisis impacting so many, we’re exploring financial wellbeing in more depth. We also include opportunities for those who want to add their own comments; helping us to gather greater insight into the stories behind the numbers.

“The survey is anonymous, quick and easy to complete, and the results will be shared via a free download from the Workplace Mental Wealth website mid-March, 2023.”

The survey is open to anyone that does paid work in the sector, employed or freelance, and the authors hope to again see participation across all roles, from apprentices and the front line to the boardroom. All employers are encouraged to take part too to help map the varied perspectives of operators, suppliers and membership bodies across the sector.

This is the third time Workplace Mental Wealth, owners of the Survey, have invited the sector to come together and shine a light on the mental wellbeing of those working in the sector and understand the perspective of employers.


The 2023 State of Mind Survey is, again, officially backed by CIMSPA. Active IQ and Myzone have returned for a second year as official Supporters and are joined by Alliance Leisure and Les Mills.

Katie Lewis, co-founder at Workplace Mental Wealth, adds: “It has always been important that we are able to share the results of the survey with everyone, free of change. Without the help of our Supporters this just would not be possible. This year, the 2023 Survey results will be published mid-March.”

The 2023 State of Mind Survey is open now and closes on February 10, 2023. Complete it at workplacementalwealth.com


Top line findings from the 2022 report:


  • 57% of respondents had experienced a mental health issue on the last 12 months (up from 53% in 2011)
  • 73% of respondents (up from 69% in 2021) said they have experienced a mental health issue at some point
  • 60% of women (up from 58% in 2021) said they had experienced a mental health issue in the last 12 months compared to 45% of men
  • 75% of those with a line manager felt this manager cares about their mental wellbeing (down from 78% in 2021), but only 19% of employees said someone regularly checks in on their mental health at work
  • 48% of employees would not be honest with an employer if they felt they needed time off work because of a mental health issue (up from 42% in 2021)
  • 11% of employees says somebody regularly checks on their mental health at work (down from 19% in 2021)
  • 42% of employers say they have a mental health strategy that they communicate to all employees (up from 40% in 2021)
  • 77% of organisations said they would value support and advice from an industry body to help shape their approach to  mental wellbeing and share best practice (up from 68% in 2021) 72% of individuals would like help and support from an industry body