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Supporting mental health awareness week

Capita will be supporting the Lord Mayors appeal, the green ribbon campaign for mental health awareness week (13-19 May) #endthestigma and #ThisisMe. This is Me aims to change attitudes towards mental health in the workplace by reducing the stigma, dispelling the myths and raising awareness to improve employee wellbeing.

“Earlier this year, as we developed our plans around inclusion and wellbeing, we held focus groups across the business,” Laura Todd, Global Director of Inclusion and Wellbeing explained. “It became pretty clear that we’ve still got some way to go before we end the stigma around mental health and so we wanted to get behind Mental Health Awareness Week’s Green Ribbon Campaign to highlight the support we provide, hear from colleagues about their own experiences, and make people feel that it’s ok to talk about mental health – it’s not a taboo subject – it impacts us all, our families, our friends and colleagues.”

The wellbeing of all our colleagues is important and the business wants to make sure that everyone can be themselves, cope through change, manage stress, build resilience and know that the support is there if they need it. During the week there will  be a number of activities across the business to help raise awareness, for example webinars, sharing experiences/stories of mental health issues, providing help, support and assistance.

What is the Lord Mayors Appeal?

The 2017 Thriving at Work Review, commissioned by the Prime Minister, identified that the UK is facing a mental health challenge at work that is much larger than first thought. Not only is there a big human cost of poor mental health at work, including through loss of life, there are also knock on impacts for families, society, the economy and Government.

Employers are losing billions of pounds because employees are less productive, less effective, or off sick.Despite this, mental health still carries a huge stigma in society, so much so that just 16% feel able to share a mental health problem with their line manager, fearing reprisal, judgement and discrimination. And, the devastating truth is that a 2018 report identified that of those employees who had disclosed a mental health issue, 11% were subject to disciplinary procedures, demotion or dismissal.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, alongside This is Me, is continuing The Green Ribbon Campaign to help #endthestigma of mental health.