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Raising mental health awareness for employers and businesses

18 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week helps employers to positively focus on their staff’s as well as their own mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 18-24 May 2020 and this year’s theme is kindness. Awareness of your own and other people’s mental health is even more important this year as the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic may be having a detrimental effect on people’s mental health. Naturally people may feel more anxious or stressed.

To raise awareness employers are encouraged to understand the advantages of promoting a good mental health culture for their employees and the positive impact on business performance as a whole. There are steps that employers can take to support and manage the mental health wellbeing of their staff and we have some useful resources to help you achieve this.

Managing and supporting employees with mental ill health
Our guidance outlines how employers can promote a good mental health culture and how employers can support their staff with mental health issues. See managing and supporting employees with mental ill health.

Mental Health Charter
The Mental Health Charter was created by a number of local organisations including the Equality Commission that provides framework for working towards mentally healthy workplaces.

Allen & Overy video case study
In this video case study, Allen & Overy in Belfast explain how they take a proactive and positive approach to supporting their staff with mental ill health. The Equality Commission also explain the support that is available to Northern Ireland businesses working towards a mentally healthy workplace. See managing and supporting employees with mental ill health - Allen & Overy.

Kindness through corporate social responsibility (CSR)
This year Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on kindness as a key factor that can help promote positive mental health. This guidance and case study helps employers become proactive in CSR activities that can lead to the positive support of community projects that in turn can give you and your staff a sense of pride and wellbeing leading to a positive impact on the mental health of those involved. See corporate social responsibility and implementing a successful CSR strategy - Henry Group.

How to deal with stress
This guidance helps employers become proactive in reducing stress levels in the workplace that may lead to a negative impact on staff mental health. See how to deal with stress.

See Mental Health Awareness Week.