The chosen charity for the BCO Annual Conference 2019 is Mind.
Mind is a charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding across the UK.
Mental health problems at work are common and can be anything from stress to anxiety and depression. A major study into workplace wellbeing by Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.
Recent research from Mind demonstrated that employers wanted to make mental health a priority, but that as many as a third didn’t know where to find the resources they needed to get started.
Mind is working to help break the stigma by starting a conversation about mental health at work. They offer several ways for employers to help improve employee’s mental wellbeing, including ‘Mental Health at Work’, a new initiative from Heads Together and Mind aiming to change the way that we approach workplace mental health across the UK.
The initiative is an online gateway to resources, training and information providing the tools needed to make workplace wellbeing a priority in any firm, no matter how big or small, and regardless of the type of industry or location.
In the last four years there has been significant changes in mental health. Public attitudes are improving, support is growing, and mental health is high on the political agenda.
Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to their information and services nationally and locally, but we know there is much more to do.