We are pleased to announce that we have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health. Signing the charter is a formal declaration of our commitment to the wellbeing of our staff and follows on from our Time to Change pledge, which we signed at our AGM in September.
The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.
As lead commissioner of mental health in Staffordshire, we understand the importance of being supported at work and strive to create a non-judgemental and positive environment for all of our staff. We have been working with our HR team to ensure that resources are available to all staff to encourage them to look after their mental health, and promote a mindful approach to work.
Dr Saher Zakai, our Clinical Director for Mental Health said: “Becoming a MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a significant step towards increasing awareness of mental health within our workplace. 1 in 4 people experience mental illness at some point in their lives, and they can feel lonely and isolated. It is therefore very important that our staff feel supported and know help is available to them should they need it.”
Rita Symons, our Accountable Officer said: “The signing of the charter is an important marker of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff. We hope that the actions we take as a MINDFUL EMPLOYER will help us create a healthier, happier and more productive organisation. We know staff need to feel cared for in order to really deliver high quality services and we are committed to having a workforce who deliver good outcomes for local people.”
For more information about MINDFUL EMPLOYER please visit www.mindfulemployer.net.