The Greater Manchester Mental Health Toolkit for Employers has been created to help organisations – whether business, public sector or charitable – support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees.
The toolkit provides an evidence-based framework focused on positive actions, to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support.
With 1 in 6 employees currently experiencing mental health problems and mental health issues at work costing employers in the UK a total of £35 billion a year, mental health is an essential business concern.
The good news is there is clear evidence that good work improves health and wellbeing across people’s lives, boosting quality of life and protecting against social exclusion. ‘Good work’ is defined as having a safe and secure job with good working hours and conditions, supportive management and opportunities for training and development.
Warren Heppolette, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership executive lead for strategy and system development said:
“We know prevention and early intervention are the most effective ways to support workforce mental health, rather than tackling problems after they arise.
“The last 12 months have been challenging for us all and so it is paramount that we consider some of the simple but effective approaches suggested within this toolkit, to support and develop a mentally healthy Greater Manchester workforce.”
Ian MacArthur, Head of the Good Employment Charter said:
“Working through the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health & wellbeing. Good employers have understood the need to support their staff through this period and to place health & wellbeing at the heart of their culture.
“We are delighted to have worked with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and the Centre for Mental Health to produce this toolkit aimed to help all employers address this key issue as we move forward and learn how to manage the post pandemic challenges.”