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World Mental Health Day – Mental Health at Work

Today is World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.  Each October, supporters celebrate this annual awareness program by bringing attention to Mental Illness and how it affects peoples’ lives worldwide.

Being a provider of mental health services we are only too aware of the impact mental health has on people’s wellbeing.  Not only for the people we support but every single person, including our employees.  We are positive about mental health and promote the wellbeing of our workforce.

We are committed to showing an enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. We encourage staff to actively seek support if they experience poor mental health.

There are many ways our staff can access support including contacting ‘Empathy’ which is a confidential staff counselling support line manned by fully trained counsellors and can help with a variety of issues.  Our Human Resources department also plays a crucial role in facilitating a healthy workplace and supporting wellbeing by helping people directly, or by helping line managers effectively manage staff who are experiencing mental health problems. We actively promote positive working patterns to support employees experiencing difficulties in their own lives through the leave policies and flexible working.

There is also an excellent independent website that our staff can use.  The Mental Health at Work website has a wealth of tools and resources available.  This website has invaluable advice and documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information to help and we would encourage staff and the wider community to look at this website for guidance.