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H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing

Committed since:

1 July, 2014

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 20 October, 2014

MOD policies and procedures support the principle that being in work is good for physical and mental health and wellbeing. As such, the principles of the Mental Health Workplace Adjustments guidance have been incorporated into Departmental policy and this information is available for staff and line managers.

In addition there are tools and training available to support staff suffering from mental health issues. This includes stress reduction self assessment tools, line managers guidance, training on stress and resilience and support available through the Department’s Employee Wellbeing Service and Occupational Health provider.

The MOD Occupational Health provider is able to give advice on an employee’s health condition and how this impacts on their ability to effectively conduct their work duties. They can advise on workplace adjustments that could be considered to enable a staff member to return to work following a long term absence or absence caused by anxiety, depression or stress.

The MOD’s bespoke Employee Wellbeing Service offers support to employees and their line managers where staff may experience problems that could affect their performance and/or attendance. This internal team provides support to employees with personal, health or work related problems. They can also give advice to managers on best practice to follow when dealing with difficult or sensitive staff issues. They offer confidential advice, information, guidance, support and counseling to help deal with a wide range of issues.

The Department is looking at further initiatives that can be taken forward in the next few months to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma attached to Mental Health issues and recently signed the Time to Change pledge. The MOD backs the initiative which aims to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and will raise awareness within the Department through courses, workshops, health fairs and working with representatives from mental health organisations.

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