Essex launches a kit to improve mental health at work

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The University of Essex

A toolkit set to improve mental health at the workplace is being launched by Essex University’s Business School.

The kit aims to create an environment where employees can disclose their mental health condition right at the start of their employment.

It also promotes progressive tactics in the inclusion and recognition of people with mental health needs.

Dr Maria Hudson, creator of the kit, used ‘action-learning’ approaches to bring small groups together to discuss and address organisational challenges.

She said: “During the action-learning phase we met with five organisations on a regular basis, across a one year period.

“Through that we learned about how empowering it can be for employers from different organisations and sectors to come together to share and discuss their policy, practice and challenges in the management of mental health at work.

“My hope is that the discussion based approach used in our kit will encourage employers to bring colleagues together to explore the management of mental health at work – both what is working well and what is not.”

According to NHS England, mental illness is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, and workplaces are key contributors to mental health.

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