‘Where’s Your Head At?’ is calling for a working world where mental health is supported and protected. A world where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do.
In this world, we’ll talk openly about our mental health at work, we won’t be afraid to ask for support when needed, and we’ll thrive in both work and life. After all, we spend a third of our adult lives in the workplace, and we shouldn’t have to leave our mental health at the door each morning.
The sustainability of our economy depends partly on improving how we approach mental health in the workplace. Annually, mental ill health costs employers up to £42 billion, and the UK economy up to £99 billion, as over 300,000 people fall out of work every year due to mental ill health.
So, as the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign celebrates its first birthday, we are championing a bold new call for leaders to strive for an understanding and commitment to workplace wellbeing as outlined in our manifesto.
Bauer Media UK, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and Natasha Devon MBE are calling on employers, business leaders and MPs from across the country to sign up to support the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto.
In signing up to this manifesto I/we recognise that:
Everyone has mental health – whether you’re a CEO, manager, construction worker, MP, celebrity or a member of the royal family. Mental ill health doesn’t discriminate, so every organisation needs to stand up, tackle the stigma, and prioritise mental health in the workplace.
We need to build a diverse and inclusive workplace to lead to a happier and healthier working environment where people feel free to bring their whole selves to work.
We need to treat mental and physical health equally in the workplace. Strengthening how mental health is protected under health and safety legislation is a key part of this – every employee has a right to mental health first aid just as they do physical first aid.
Employers need to turn mental health awareness into positive action and develop a ‘whole organisation’ approach to workplace mental health by striving to implement the six ‘core standards’ for a mentally healthy workplace as set out in the Government’s Thriving at Work review.
Thank you so much for your support in signing the Manifesto and highlighting your organisation’s commitment to workplace wellbeing!
Here are three ways you can start taking the next steps to supporting your team’s mental health:
· Visit the Heads Together Mental Health At Work Gateway for inspiration and resources to begin building a mentally healthier workplace, and find further information on mental health training for your workplace including courses from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.
· Think about signing the Time to Change Employer pledge and find out how you can get a mental health action plan together for your workplace.
· Check out MHFA England’s range of free downloadable workplace resources