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Break the stigma of mental health

9 May, 2019

With one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health problems, as well as a growing awareness of the need for support in the workplace, several regions and countries brought motions to the Annual Delegates Conference 2019.

Charlene Adade on behalf of the London Region spoke about the need for mental health first aiders (MHFA) in every workplace. The MHFA would identify the signs and triggers of illnesses and support individuals.

For Northern Ireland, Sarah O’Hare asked for a guidance document to support the management of mental health-related sickness absence. By receiving the right training, employers could sensitively manage staff.

“The guidance document would ensure parity for the treatment of members across the UK,” she said.

The Yorkshire and North Trent Region asked for a toolkit for managers, members and reps to remove the stigma. A safe environment for discussion in the workplace was requested.

Seconding the motion, Nyeasha Miller from Midlands Region, said “Although mental health discussions may be okay to talk about on a faceless interface like social media, the same cannot be said in the real world.

“Staffing levels and work pressures contribute greatly to poor mental health, so it makes sense that this would be a great place to develop and implement a toolkit.”

Yorkshire & North Trent also proposed motion 54, requesting training for reps on mental health support.

The motion spoke about the days lost due to depression and anxiety and the ‘unwillingness’ of employers to deal with the issue due to the stigma attached.  

All motions were carried.

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