"Our health and wellbeing strategy is all about the steps we’re taking and the steps we will take, to make sure everyone goes home safe and well each and every day. We must continue our drive to create a culture where health, wellbeing and safety are as important as anything else we do in a day.
Not only do we meet the legal standards set out to protect our employees, we aspire to support all of our people outside of this. This could be maintaining their fitness or providing them with the tools to make improvements to their own health and wellbeing, in turn, helping them to take the benefits home and into the wider community.
So we can show our continued commitment to how mental health is perceived, we’ve developed ‘Time to Talk’. This innovative strategy will help us in bringing mental health to people’s attention, after all, it’s an issue we shouldn’t ignore.
• 1 in 6 British workers are affected by conditions such as, anxiety, depression and stress each year.
• Mental ill-health is the leading cause of absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year.
We want to show the importance of mental health and we believe with our new strategy, we can. At the moment, mental health costs the UK £70 to £100 billion a year and most of this spend focuses on coping after there has been an impact on mental health.
Our strategy is different, we highlight the importance of prevention, including causation and the onset of mental health problems, particularly in the workplace. As well as this, we show the benefits of positive mental health and how to maintain it. We know there are many reasons which can have an impact on a person’s mental health and it’s important to look at social and physical environments, inside and outside of work.
Time to Talk, has been built using the SPOT principles - Spotting the signs, Providing opportunities to talk, Offering a listening ear and Talking to professional support services early - as part of our strategy, we’ll be working to embed these across our people.
We’re committed to removing the stigma around mental health and we’ll be setting up a Yammer group alongside the campaign to encourage open discussion about mental health at work.
We’ve four key objectives, they are:
• greater understanding of mental health amongst all of our employees
• infiltrate those with a recognised qualification in mental health into all areas of the workplace
• equip managers with a specialist resource pack to embed and enable the SPOT principles
• closer monitoring of cases of mental health in the workplace, taking action on reoccurring trends."