The UK has woken up to the issue of mental health and social isolation.

The government is calling upon employers to play their role in supporting their employees mental health.

But with the dramatic increase in the gig-economy, and the numbers of freelance and the self-employed, there's a growing number of people without employees. This is 15% of the UK's workforce today, and only set to grow in size.

It's not okay to just call upon the freelancers who are happy and healthy, and ignore the rest.

I believe there is a critical need to address the issue of loneliness and mental health for independent workers.

If flexible working and access to independent talent is part of our future, we also need to create a support structure which enables it to be sustainable.