IoD Berkshire encourage companies to Enter the Workplace Mental Health Award at the 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards
With increasing number of people suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, mental wellbeing is becoming a serious priority for UK employers. To recognise the importance of this, companies which are already taking steps to support the mental health of their employees are being encouraged to enter the new Workplace Mental Health category at the 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.
Sponsored by Cardinal Clinic, a private mental health clinic in Windsor and the Institute of Directors Berkshire, the Workplace Mental Health Award will recognise and reward workplaces which are working towards reducing the stigma of mental health issues and which understand that good mental health in the workplace matters.
Christine Harrington, Hospital Director at Cardinal Clinic, commented: ‘We are delighted to be involved with this important award. It’s vital that businesses appreciate the challenges that employees with mental health issues face and taking steps to help to understand those issues will benefit both businesses and employees. We hope that this award will help to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and encourage more businesses to take action to help their staff maintain their mental well-being.’
Mental Health is a subject currently at the core of most businesses. As the IoD is a membership organisation that supports businesses and their employees, we are proud supporters of the Workplace Mental Health Awards. “In the modern world, the old definition of ‘health and safety’ looks increasingly out of date. A workforce healthy in both body and mind is a more productive workforce, and business leaders have a huge part to play in creating a more open culture around an issue which touches so many of us.” Andy Silvester, Deputy Director of Policy, IoD.
Alison Foster of Brighter Berkshire, a community led year-long mental health initiative which supports the Workplace Mental Health Award, said:
‘The introduction of this award is a sign that mental health in the workplace is now being taken seriously, which is very encouraging. We hope that talking about mental health in the workplace and rewarding employers who putting mental health on their agenda will ensure that more businesses will consider how they can take action to support their staff.’
The 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards are now open for entry and the awards ceremony takes place on 16 November at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.
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