UK EAPA signs up to Mindful Employer
“UK EAPA is proud to sign a Partnership Agreement with Mindful Employer and take the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to support employers in the recruitment and retention of people experiencing mental ill health and in increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace”, said Andrew Kinder, Chair of UK EAPA.
Mindful Employer exists to help organisations talk to staff when they have concerns – and to help employers respond when they come and talk to you.
“To have a written agreement recognises the value placed on the partnership by both UK EAPA and those behind the Mindful Employer initiative. Like UK EAPA, Mindful Employer recognises that employees are an organisation’s biggest asset. 1 in 4 people experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives – and that’s been shown to be 1 in 3 of those of working age so it’s not something that employers can afford to ignore,” he said.
The Mindful Employer initiative began in 2004 and is a voluntary initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. It aims to provide employers with easier access to information and local support in relation to staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.
“Our partnership organisations are a key part of Mindful Employer,” said Richard Frost, who leads the Mindful Employer initiative. “We are delighted that UK EAPA has made this commitment to supporting businesses and organisations in this important aspect of staff wellbeing.”
For more information on Mindful Employer go to www.mindfulemployer.net.