In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, Landmarc Support Services has signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment, curated by the Thriving at Work Leadership Council, Business in the Community (BITC) and mental health charity Mind, to demonstrate its commitment to developing a “thriving and inclusive workplace environment”.
In a survey of UK adults, conducted by Business in the Community in partnership with Bupa, only one in two UK employees say they feel comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace. Whilst two in five report they had experienced a work-related mental health issue in the last year.
The overall number of people reporting mental health problems is ever-increasing, particularly in recent years. Yet despite this, according to Mind UK approximately only one in eight adults with mental health problems are currently receiving any kind of treatment.
By signing the Mental Health at Work Commitment, which provides a simple framework to help promote employee wellbeing, Landmarc has pledged to achieve better mental health outcomes for a genuine longer-term positive impact. All with the aim of creating a working environment where employees can thrive and communicate with confidence.
The framework sets out six clear standards. As part of these standards, Landmarc has pledged 25 actions, including always having over 100 mental health first aiders across the business and establishing a mental health peer support group via its employee communications app, Landmarc Connect.
Landmarc will also have access to BITC mental health advisors and information from Mind to help get the very best out of the commitment, providing ideas and tools to get started and drive change.
Kirsty Pearce, Corporate Services Director at Landmarc, commented: “As the director responsible for mental health, I feel it is important to promote the benefits of good mental health and wellbeing across the business. By encouraging people in all roles to talk openly about their own mental health, we are helping to reduce the stigma and are showing our employees that this is something the business is very serious about. This pledge is yet more proof of Landmarc’s commitment to a happier, healthier workplace.”
Andrew Berrie, National Lead at Mental Health at Work, said: “We’re delighted to see Landmarc sign the Mental Health at Work Commitment. We know it can be hard to talk about mental health and seek support, which is why public commitments such as this one are so important. With issues like stress, anxiety, and depression common across all employers, regardless of size or sector, we want to see every employer recognise and address any work-related causes of poor mental health among their staff. It’s fantastic to see organisations like Landmarc taking the lead.”
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