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Employers Responsibilities

  • Has your organisation produced, implemented and communicated a mental health at work plan?

  • Is your organisation providing employees with good working conditions, ensuring they have a healthy work life balance?

  • Is your organisation promoting mental health awareness among employees?

  • Is your organisation routinely monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing in my workplace?

  • Does your organisation promote effective people management, ensuring all employees have a regular conversation about their health and wellbeing?

  • Does your organisation encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available?

Effective Line Management Relationship

  • Have you provided opportunities for managers to attend relevant training to support staff living with mental health problems and the wellbeing of all staff more widely.

  • Have you provided proactive support for staff managing people with mental health problems, including access to HR and, where necessary, occupational health services.

  • Acknowlege that line managers who have personal lived experience of mental health problems are a unique asset to a company.

Valuing Mental Health

  • Have you committed to developing an approach to mental health at work that protects and improves mental health for everyone, whilst supporting those people who experience distress?

  • Are you reviewing the way you do business to ensure your everyday working culture is as mentally healthy as possible?

  • Have you committed to conduct regular staff surveys and other research to build data about staff mental health, using findings to plan and deliver action and inform workplace policies?

Addressing Discrimination

  • Have you ensured that discrimination on the grounds of mental health status is seen to be as unacceptable as discrimination in relation to other protected characteristics such as race, gender or sexual orientation?

  • Have you encouraged staff to report any discrimination or harassment they face and to blow the whistle on discrimination they witness?

Valuing Diversity

  • Have you included mental health in diversity and inclusion strategies, and recognise the mental health component of wider equality initiatives?

  • Are people given positive reasons to disclose by establishing a culture that values authenticity and openness – this should be led from the top of the organisation?

  • Have you explored setting up peer support and mentoring programmes for staff with experience of mental health problems?

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