Businesses have joined the pioneering initiative supported by the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network to ensure employees in the region are fully supported for their mental health.
As charities and other organizations continue to report an increase in mental health issues in society, the network is also providing practical support for employers and employees by offering a free mental health webinar next month.
A Business in the Community study of workplace mental health in 2020 found that 41% of employees suffered from poor work-related mental health, with excessive pressure, workload and long hours being the main causes .
Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network has responded by launching a series of initiatives and interventions to support businesses and their employees across the region.
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Victrex, Addison Group, Atos, BAE Systems, Blackpool Transport, Code Galaxy, ICG Brandbuilders, Blackpool Sixth Form College, Empowerment, Choice Hotels, Unique Training and 32West are among the companies that have already signed the network’s health pledge mental.
The network hopes these businesses, which span a full range of sizes and sectors, will inspire others in Blackpool and Fylde to come forward and sign up for the mental health pledge.
Andy Anderson, Head of Research and Development at Victrex, said: “We need to make sure that mental health gets the same time and attention as physical health.
“By signing up your organization for the Pledge, you are publicly declaring that workplace mental health is a priority for you and joining a growing movement of like-minded employers, businesses and organizations in Blackpool and across the Fylde coast.
“We encourage businesses of all shapes and sizes across all industries to join others in the network and sign up for the pledge.”
Among the commitments made by the companies are a commitment to prioritizing mental health in the workplace, promoting an open culture around mental health and providing mental health support.
The Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network is offering a free ‘Mind that Gap’ training session on Thursday 9th June, 9.30am-1pm, at Blackpool Unlimited, Enterprise Centre, Lytham Rd, Blackpool.
Neil Sladen, who leads the session which explores the brain and stress, thought patterns and coping tips, is a fully qualified counselor and registered member of the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy.
The session is for people who feel it would be beneficial to better understand levels of personal resilience and psychological well-being.
Andy Anderson said: “The Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network is delighted that Neil is continuing to provide this excellent free training session to the Fylde Coast workforce. I would encourage employers and
employees to accept this great offer.
Places for this free training are limited. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mind-that-gap-session-tickets-336470742047