Mental health and wellbeing have never been higher up on the corporate or political agenda, with some suggesting a proactive approach to employee wellbeing could signal an end to the UK’s long-running “productivity puzzle”.
The 2017 Stevenson/Farmer independent review of mental health and employers – commissioned by the Prime Minister – set out what it calls “mental health core standards”, a framework which ALL organisations in the UK are capable of implementing. These mental health core standards are:
- Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
- Develop mental health awareness among employees
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and provide the support available when employees are struggling
- Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development
- Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.
As a HSE professional you’ll no doubt be familiar with behavioural safety theory and understand the impact of poor mental health on employee decision-making. You’ll also be all too aware of the effect of a disengaged workforce, or of an adverse company culture, on overall safety performance. Finally, if your business is currently working toward (or maintaining) accreditation to ISO 45001 you’ll fully appreciate the increased focus on leadership and employee health – both physical and mental.
Rethink Mental Illness help millions of people and countless businesses affected by mental illness every year by challenging attitudes and changing lives.
In summary they:
- Offer Advice, Information and Support to Corporate/Commercial partners
- Provide Mental Health Services & Support Groups to Individuals
- Campaign for Policy Change
HSE Recruitment Network are a committed partner to Rethink Mental Illness, undertaking a variety of fundraising activities whilst also helping to raise awareness of the great work Rethink do with both individuals and businesses.
If you would like to learn more about Rethink Mental Illness please speak to one of our Consultants or visit the website at www.rethink.org