Charity website aims to improve mental health at work

26th September 2018

A group of mental health charities have come together to launch an online resource to help improve mental health of employees.

The mental health at work website is a free to use platform overseen by the Heads Together campaign, the mental health charity spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It has been funded by the Royal Foundation and produced by mental health charity Mind, in collaboration with 11 partners.

The gateway offers resources, training and information to help make life better for staff and employers.

Practical help to improve mental health

This includes offering practical help on developing policies and procedures that promote positive mental health at work, as well as training on mental illness. While aimed primarily at employers, senior staff and line managers it is accessible to anybody with an interest in improving mental health in the workplace.

Also involved is the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), whose Director of Planning and Resources Susan Cordingley has been a charity sector advisor for the initiative.
“The platform is free to use, and I’d really encourage all charity staff, but particularly anyone who manages staff or volunteers, to take the time to use it,” said Cordingley.
“NCVO has contributed some sector-specific resources to it, and there is a wealth of high quality information, toolkits, blogs and case studies from a wide range of other organisations.”

Last year a government commissioned report puts the cost of poor mental health in the workplace at around £33bn to £42bn a year.