Mental health and stress must top business agenda

Tim Forer
Tim Forer
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A BARRISTER at law firm Blake Morgan has commented on a recent Thriving At Work report, revealing that the economic case for change regarding mental health is ‘overwhelming’.

Tim Forer said: ‘The economic case for making changes and improvements to the way in which we deal with mental health is overwhelming.

‘We would urge employers to put mental health and workplace stress high on their agendas.

‘With the stigma around mental health beginning to shift, the hope is that the core standards framework will help employers manage mental health issues in the workplace effectively.’

The law firm, which has offices in Portsmouth, exercises a dedicated well-being, health and safety programme.

Its Mental Health First Aid scheme sees trained champions working to raise awareness of mental health issues. The firm has a Mental Health First Aider operating in each of its regions, signposted in the same way as physical first aiders.

Tim said: ‘The good news is that many employers are proactively tackling employees’ mental health by extending flexible working options, for example, or providing access to employee assistance programmes.

‘Many are trying to create a more open culture where people feel comfortable talking about their mental health.’