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Mind celebrates employers that promote positive mental health

Mind celebrates employers that promote positive mental health

The Environment Agency has topped the board at mental health charity Mind’s annual Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards 2017-18 for the second year in a row. All the employers that took part in the second year of the Index have each recognised that mental health needs to be a priority in order to attract and retain committed employees.

The executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) entered the Index for the second consecutive year, and once again secured pole position. The accolade was awarded in recognition of achieving excellence when it comes to promoting good mental health at work following a series of assessments, including a staff survey, carried out by Mind.

The organisation was one of 74 employers taking part in this year’s Index, a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.

The Awards event took place at BMA House, the headquarters of the British Medical Association, in Central London on 17th April 2018. The ceremony was hosted by Mind Ambassador, Alastair Campbell, a writer, communicator and strategist who is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy; and who has talked extensively about his own experiences of depression.

The Environment Agency received the highest score of all Index participants, closely followed by eight other organisations which also had their efforts acknowledged with a Gold Award. The employer is leading the way in terms of mental health support, with a network by staff, for staff where people can speak openly, connect and be signposted to helpful resources. Awareness-raising and special training is also available to help Environment Agency staff and line managers spot the warning signs and know where to find support.

“A healthy workforce means a more productive workforce. And an inclusive culture makes work more life-enhancing.”

Environment Agency Chief Executive James Bevan said : “I’m delighted that the Environment Agency has won this award.  A healthy workforce means a more productive workforce. And an inclusive culture makes work more life-enhancing.

“The fact that we’re number one in the index again shows just how much work is going on across the Environment Agency to ensure all of us feel free to talk openly about mental health issues and know where to get help and support if we need it.

“Our staff-led Mental Health Network is doing a tremendous job, backed up by tools and information provided through our Wellbeing Team.  I’m proud of the real difference this is making.”

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said : “We want to congratulate the Environment Agency for topping the board at this year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards, for the second year running. The Environment Agency has once again demonstrated that they are at the forefront of creating mentally healthy workplaces, which involves tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of the entire workforce, including employees that might be struggling with their mental health.

“This year, we’ve been overwhelmed to see so much good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the 74 diverse employers that took part. The Awards event provided an opportunity to recognise forward-thinking employers like the Environment Agency, who are at the cutting edge when it comes to investing in their staff wellbeing, and in turn getting the best outcomes for their business.”

To register your interest in taking part in next year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, visit mind.org.uk/index.

Number one employer in Gold

Congratulations to the Environment Agency who are the number one employer in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, for the second year running. They achieved Gold for transforming their organisational culture around mental health, creating a positive and safe environment for conversation and support.

Gold – Achieving Excellence

The Gold award is given to employers who have successfully embedded mental health into their policies and practices, demonstrating a long-term and in-depth commitment to staff mental health.

The following employers achieved Gold:

  • CancerCare
  • Companies House
  • Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
  • The Environment Agency
  • Historic England
  • Intertrust Guernsey
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • LSI Architects LLP
  • RBC Wealth Management

Silver – Achieving Impact

The Silver award is given to employers who have made demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health, demonstrating progress and impact over time.

The following employers achieved Silver:

  • American Express
  • British Land
  • British Library
  • Broadgate Estates
  • Capgemini UK
  • Capita Transformation
  • Deloitte
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • E.ON UK PLC
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Goodlord
  • HMRC Benefits & Credits
  • Internet Advertising Bureau
  • ITN
  • Jagex
  • KPMG
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Matrix Chambers
  • MI5
  • Public Health England
  • Rare Ltd
  • Severn Trent
  • Solent Mind
  • Stonewall Equality Limited

Bronze – Achieving Change

The Bronze award is given to employers who have started their journey to better mental health at work by developing and implementing initiatives that promote positive mental health for staff.

The following employers achieved Bronze:

  • Barnardo’s
  • BDO Services Ltd
  • Bridgend College
  • Celtic Vacuum Ltd
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Barod
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • EDF Energy
  • Forsters LLP
  • Lloyd’s
  • MediaCom
  • Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd
  • Mount Anvil Ltd
  • Natural England
  • NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Northern Trust
  • Osborne Ltd
  • Place2Be
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • St Paul’s School
  • St Thomas of Canterbury School
  • Trivallis
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
  • Willis Towers Watson

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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