The City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) has today launched the Guide to Thriving at Work, a unique toolkit to help businesses which employ over 500 people to become mentally healthy workplaces. The guide provides a structured, practical approach to building a strong mental health strategy which will benefit employees by creating a culture of openness in the workplace, free from mental health stigma.
The guide’s recommendations are mapped against the Thriving at Work standards laid out in the Stevenson Farmer review of mental health and employees, commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2017. The CMHA’s guide provides clear interventions, good practice and self-assessment tools that will support members within the financial, legal and professional services sector to achieve those standards.
The members, which employ a combined total of over 250,000 people across the UK and include the Bank of England, Hogan Lovells, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, PWC, The FCA, BNY Mellon and Legal & General, worked together to develop the framework and will lead the way in creating healthy working environments that attract, retain and grow talent.
The guide includes practical interventions, guidance and measuring suggestions for businesses to carry out good practice. These include:
- Provide mental health training to employees to raise awareness and improve understanding
- Disability/mental health awareness training for recruitment interviewers including graduate schemes
- Return to work mental health training for managers to enable integration for an effective and successful return to work
- Share awareness of work place risk such as stress, long-hours, bullying, and support available to mitigate risks
- Identify and take action on hot-spots where workplace conditions are potentially harmful to mental health (identified in HSE Management Standards)
- Include mental health in company’s annual report and a statement of commitment to mental health and how it fits into the organisation’s overall strategy
Paul Farmer, co-author of the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental heath and employers commissioned by the Government, speaks about its importance in this video which was played at the CMHA launch event: