Top employers press Government on Mental Health

Where’s Your Head At is a campaign which will improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce.

The campaign is to change work place law so that employees have their mental health equality safeguarded as they do their physical health. The campaign is asking the government to make it compulsory for workers to have colleagues trained in Mental health support and awareness.

 

Who Supports Where’s Your Head At?

‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE, MHFA England and Bauer Media, and has received cross-party backing.
On 8th October 2018 to mark mental health awareness day a petition with over 200,000 public signatures to was presented to Downing Street.

A specially-commissioned study by Bauer showed that half of employees who have taken time off work for a mental health issue told their boss it was for a different reason.

Where’s Your Head At Open Later

On November 18th an Open Letter from by industry leaders from across business, including Lord Sugar and bosses from Thames Water and Ford of Britain was deliver to downing street.
To read the letter

At the last general election, the Conservatives said they would amend health and safety rules so employers would have to treat mental health the same way they treat physical health, the letter is asking Theresa May to asking her to prioritise this pledge.

Evidence also shows that the earlier a mental health issue – like stress, anxiety or depression – is detected the easier it is to manage and treat.

One in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress. Mental health issues are also estimated to cost the UK economy almost £35 billion every year and 15.4 million working days are lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. 

The companies behind the letter contend the change in the law would help break the stigma of mental illness at work and make it easier for staff to talk about your mental health at work and ensure staff are supported correctly.

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