As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Bupa UK is proud to be supporting the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto.
To mark its first anniversary, the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign has launched a call for employers and MPs across the country to support its manifesto and highlight their commitment to workplace wellbeing.
The manifesto is a mission statement for a healthier working world - where people’s mental health is supported and protected and where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do. It calls for employers to foster an environment where colleagues can bring their whole selves to work, can talk openly about their mental health, and not be afraid to ask for support if they need it.
David Hynam, Bupa UK CEO, said: “We all have mental health and, regardless of where we are in our careers, there’ll be times when we need support at work. That’s why I’m proud to back the workplace manifesto from Where’s Your Head At, calling on employers to take an open and supportive approach to mental health at work.
“After working with the team last year, our insurance executive team became the first in the UK to become qualified Mental Health First Aiders. It’s a fantastic scheme that can make a real difference for colleagues. I’d wholly recommend it.”
The manifesto’s key points are:
- 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:
- Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
- Develop mental health awareness among employees
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling
- Provide your employees with good working conditions
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign is led by mental health campaigner Natasha Devon MBE, Bauer Media UK and MHFA England, with support from leading organisations from across the mental health sector.