It’s world Mental Health Day tomorrow and we are supporting Time for Change by signing the Employer Pledge and making a commitment to increase the awareness around mental health in the workplace at every level of our organisation.
The initiative, which was launched last week at the annual conference, will see a number of strategies and networks implemented, one of which will see a Mental Health First Aider or Champion trained and in place in each of our offices throughout the country.
We have also committed to design and implement a standalone mental health policy alongside an ongoing learning and information sharing programme to educate employees and signposting them to the internal Employee Assistance Programme and access to external counselling where appropriate.
Speaking about the initiative, Charles Hartwell, CEO said:
“Figures published last year by the Health and Safety Executive on ‘work-related stress, depression or anxiety’ revealed the legal profession was fourth in the list of the most stressful jobs.
Here at Stowe, we are committed to raising awareness around mental health in the workplace. It is really important for all our staff to have signposts about where to go and who to speak if they are struggling in any way.
The introduction of a Mental Health First Aider or Champion in each office will ensure that all our employees will have access to support when they need it.”
Morna Bunce, Head of Practice Management said:
“One in four of us will experience mental health problems a year. Having support from your place of work and colleagues can make such a difference. Our culture is open and honest and through this new initiative we will put mental health information and support for all employees at the very heart of our business. We want everyone who works for Stowe to know they can open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it.”