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August Newsletter

Posted by Mark on 23 August, 2017

One of the great things about MINDFUL EMPLOYER is the wide range of employers who get in touch with us – small, medium, large; public, private, voluntary; UK-based and, increasingly, global. Many of those then go on to sign the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health and recent signatories range from Numatic International (well-known for ‘Henry’ vacuum cleaners) to The Serious Fraud Office to Keep Wales Tidy. Other new signatories are:

Age UK Sheffield  

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)  

Cardiff Third Sector Council  

Caring Connections Whiston, Merseyside

Crystal Palace Physio Group  London

Fircroft College Birmingham

High Speed Training Ltd Ilkley

Liskeard Eventide Home Ltd  Cornwall

London School of Management Education  Ilford, Essex

Marine Management Organisation Newcastle upon Tyne

Nagel Langdons Ltd  Bridgwater, Somerset

Newman University Birmingham

NHS Aylesbury Vale & Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group  

NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Severn Vale Housing Society Tewkesbury

South West Highways Ltd Exeter

Swindon Mind  

T.R. Rogers Metal RecyclingNuneham Courtenay, Oxford

The Outside Clinic Swindon

Umbrella Training Ltd Chatham, Kent

Vista Employer Services Ltd Cheadle, Cheshire

Yellow Brick Road Solutions Ltd Great Yarmouth 

There are lots of reasons for being a Charter signatory, so take a look at for more information and also about other exclusive offers. Over 1,700 employers have made this voluntary commitment at some stage since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004 and the current signatories employ over 1.5 million people. 


Coming up… 

2nd – 6th October is National Work Life Week – focussing on wellbeing at work and work-life balance

10th October is World Mental Health Day – this year’s theme is wellbeing at workplace - why not take a look at or order our publications or sign the Charter to mark this event?

9th-10th October - MINDFUL EMPLOYER is delighted to have been invited to chair a main stage discussion at the Fifth Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference in Parma, Italy.

8th-9th NovemberCIPD Annual Conference in Manchester. MINDFUL EMPLOYER will be at Stand A25 in the Exhibition area so do come and say hello.

And… Two new countries who will be joining Australia, Canada and New Zealand in developing MINDFUL EMPLOYER internationally. More details soon!


Sharing Good Practice 

It’s always helpful to be aware of how other employers support their staff, so this month here’s a couple of examples from the public sector:

Gateshead College recently had a new member of staff start and while initially they didn't declare their mental illness, it was highlighted during their standard pre-employment health check. The employee suffered from anxiety, particularly when faced with new, unknown situations. This was triggered when they started with the College. Following a supportive meeting with their Line Manager and an appointment with the Occupational Health nurse, a number of strategies were implemented to support the employee, including the allocation of a mentor, regular check ins with their Line Manager and for a temporary period, reduced working hours. The employee is now happily engaged at work and no further concerns have been identified.

A recently-recruited employee to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a number of short-term absences that were stress-related and was referred to Occupational Health by his manager. He was seen by an in-house mental health nurse for assessment who identified that a relapse in a long-term anxiety disorder (linked with a previous experience of bullying in the workplace) had been triggered by high levels of work stress and some difficulties in relationships with colleagues. She referred him to the in-house clinical psychologist for assessment and therapy. He was accepted for a course of cognitive behavioural therapy sessions that he engaged well with and found he benefitted from. During these sessions, he spoke more about the difficulties within his department. As some new training for managers in leading a mentally healthy workforce/ mental health awareness was being piloted at this time, the manager of the employee's team was invited to attend one of these sessions. In addition, the employee was referred back to the mental health nurse in Occupational Health who helped him to develop an Action Plan that identified early warning signs of stress that he and his manager may notice, and suggested ideas around workplace adjustments and support that he felt he would like to receive from his manager. The mental health nurse then met with both the employee and his manager to discuss the plan. His manager agreed to the proposals and gave feedback that he found the process helpful and it increased his confidence in supporting the employee. The employee himself gave feedback that the process made him feel more comfortable in having a conversation about his mental health with his manager. The employee was contacted by the mental health nurse 3 months after the Action Plan was agreed and he

gave feedback that he was doing well. He was encouraged to contact the mental health nurse should he feel that it would be helpful to review his Action Plan in future.

Examples of similar documents to help support conversations are available at in our publications and do take a look at Let’s Talk, our film about having those conversations.

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