4 Jun 2019
Loughborough becomes the first University to support Where’s Your Head At? workplace manifesto
Where’s Your Head At? is a campaign dedicated to protecting and supporting mental health in the workplace.
Loughborough joins other organisations from across the UK as well as 18 MP’s, including the Right Honourable Nicky Morgan.
The campaign states that more than 300,000 people fall out of work each year due to poor mental health, which costs the UK economy £99 billion. On average, a third of our lives are spent in the workplace, so it is vital that organisations do their part to protect the mental health of their employees.
As part of the manifesto, the University recognises that:
- Everyone has mental health – no matter what age, background or area you’re from. Mental ill health doesn’t discriminate, signifying the importance of prioritising mental health in the workplace.
- It is important to build a diverse and inclusive workplace – this can help to build a happier and healthier working environment where people feel free to bring their whole self to work.
- Mental health and physical health should be treated equally in the workplace – every employee has a right to mental health first aid, just as they do physical first aid.
- To turn mental health awareness into positive action, Loughborough should strive to implement the six ‘core standards’for a mentally healthy workplace (as set out in the Government’s Thriving at Work review):
- Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
- Develop mental health awareness among employees
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling
- Provide employees with good working conditions
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing
More information about the University’s support and wellbeing services can be accessed on the HR webpages. This includes details about the Employee Assistance Programme, Occupational Health, the Counselling and Disability Service and many other policies and procedures relating to mental health.
For further queries, please contact Nadine Skinner by emailing N.E.Skinner@lboro.ac.uk.