H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing
31 July, 2013
Submitted: 31 July, 2013
The Treasury has information and support available to help understand, identify and manage mental health issues in the workplace. We are in the process of signing up to the Time to Change Pledge which focuses on the stigma related to mental health.
Items in place include
•alternative ways of working e.g. working patterns and working at home
•stress awareness e-learning
•a Reasonable Adjustment Passport used when any reasonable adjustments have been implemented. It has been developed as a way to streamline the department’s reasonable adjustment processes when staff change job, move office or have a change of manager.
•HR adviser trained in Mental Health First Aid;
•an Employee Assistance Programme available which includes a 24/7 helpline, support line for managers, counselling, workshops including Stress Management, Resilience and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, a website covering topics on mental health and stress;
•an Occupational Health provider who can offer help and advice on the employee’s mental health condition. Cases may be referred to Psych Health who provide CBT and counselling, specialising in more complex mental health conditions.
•We use and have promoted other external support routes e.g. MIND.
Access to HR Advisers and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team, a Diversity Manager all of whom can offer help and advice to managers, particularly when dealing with difficult cases. We have a team of Treasury Supporters who can be there for any member of staff who may need someone to talk to.
•Publish updated Stress, Managing Sickness Absence and Workplace Adjustments guidance
•Sign up to the Time to Change Pledge by mid October 2013
•Further training in Mental Health First Aid
•Run workshops on mental health
•Speakers share their personal experiences
•Case studies to be published in our Diversity newsletter
•A 'Respect Week' to take place in Sep will inlcude Mental Health.