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H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing

Committed since:

1 July, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 30 September, 2013

The principles of the Workplace Adjustments for Mental Health Guide are incorporated into DCLG HR policies and procedures. Our existing attendance management processes support managers to make reasonable adjustments for staff with mental health conditions and to help them return to work as quickly as possible following a period of mental health related sickness absence. DCLG managers and HR staff have access to guidance and information via the staff intranet to enable them effectively manager staff with mental health conditions. This is supplemented by specialist advice services including the HR Shared Services Team, HR Advisory Team, Occupational Health Service and the Employee Assistance Programme (for both individuals and managers/HR). DCLG will continue to promote these principles through relevant channels.

DCLG held its first Mental Health Awareness Day on 14 May 2013. The event held in our main office in London featured representation from DCLG disAbility Network, the Civil Service Charity, PCS, Right Management our Employee Assistance provider and Mental Health First Aid England. This was followed by a presentation on stress and resilience to Senior Members of Staff on 16 May 2013. The key message from the session on building resilience and sustainability continues to be cascaded throughout the organisation via Deputy Directors and HR Business Partners. In addition we also ran a number of mental health and resilience building workshops which 91 members of staff attended. Next year we plan to run similar workshops and are making plans to increase participation across all grades.

A briefing session on identifying and preventing stress was held on June 2013. This featured presentations from MIND, Time for Change and Karl Cunion – a member staff who talked about his personal experiences and reflections.

The Department is currently undertaking an internal review of its reasonable adjustments provision including mental health workplace adjustments.

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