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COUNCIL BREAKING THE STIGMA OF WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH


A team of almost 50 mental health first aiders are helping to break the stigma around mental health with council staff, as the Isle of Wight Council reaffirms its commitment to the ‘time to change’ pledge.

On 10th October 2018, the Isle of Wight Council made mental health and wellbeing of staff a top priority in signing the pledge. Since then, a group of passionate colleagues has focused on making the change a reality and providing trusted, empathic and skilled support for staff experiencing mental health concerns.

Over the past year, the council has also worked with partners ‘Remploy’ – an independent and tailored support service, offering face-to-face, telephone support to enable staff to develop coping strategies and adjustments that could help people to manage their mental health.

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The council have also:

  • held ‘coffee and chat’ drop-in sessions throughout the year
  • promoted regular update guidance to staff
  • incorporated a wellbeing check-up into staff BIG discussion 1:1 meetings
  • developed a range of training programmes for staff and managers to support personal resilience and recognising and dealing with mental ill-health in the workplace
  • promotion of employee assistance programme is also being promoted as an additional source of support for staff.

John Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Council, has said:

“The approach that we’re taking to mental health and wellbeing support within the council is having really encouraging results.

“It’s really important to me that our staff know how seriously we take the issue of mental health and that they have confidence in us as an organisation to provide the appropriate support if it’s needed.

“We’re working with people to continue to develop our offer to ensure that our staff are supported and protected appropriately in times when they need it. It’s our duty as an employer to support our team, and I’m really pleased that the changes we’ve embedded this year.”

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Councillor Clare Mosdell, mental health champion, added:

“One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at any one time, and nine out of every ten people who have experienced a mental health problem have faced negative treatment from others as a result. Our continued commitment as an organisation to the Time to Change employer pledge is essential in breaking the stigma and encouraging people to reach out for support when and how they need it.”

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Beats Working
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Beats Working

Well done to all those colleagues spending their time on that pretty display.
Beats working then. Meanwhile who did their paid jobs while all that was going on?

Zoe
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Zoe

Phoning people on mental health awareness day telling people that they are getting discharged from chantry house a place that helps me an my mental state, telling me I’ve now got to go to iropea, no wonder young people commit suicide all the time because all the mental health team does is palm you off to some other charity when people are at there lowest… Disgusting. The woman who rung me Thursday u should be ashamed of yourself

Harold A Maio
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Harold A Maio

—A team of almost 50 mental health first aiders are helping to break the stigma around mental health ??

Are they “breaking it” or are they indeed continuing to argue it? The issue is not that “it” exists, but that there are people who insist it does. Overcoming them is the issue. Repeating them is the issue.

Fedup
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Fedup

And what about the stress that these people cause the fools made to pay them?

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