Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
Writing a mental health policy and plan for your organisation
At Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, we aim to help your organisation to promote positive mental health for every employee. We do this by suggesting a whole organisation approach which includes promoting positive mental health for all staff, recognising and addressing sources of stress in the workplace, supporting those staff who are experiencing poor mental health and, importantly, reducing stigma.
By developing a positive culture and by implementing practical, relevant and effective practices, you can better support your staff whilst at the same time contributing to the success and sustainability of your organisation. The business case is well proven but, equally importantly, it is simply the right thing to do. Both the human cost of poor mental health, and the cost to business, are well summarised in the 2017 Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, ‘Thriving at Work’.
Your organisation’s intentions should be set out in a clearly written and practical policy that is well communicated to staff and reviewed regularly. You should also have in place a simple, clear and deliverable plan to ensure that you are fulfilling your commitments in that policy. Both the policy and plan should be communicated clearly, and regularly reviewed, in order that you can show you are making progress and measuring impact.
In order to help organisations achieve this, we have developed guidance on how to write a mental health and wellbeing policy, and a template policy which can be used as a starting point.
We have also developed guidance on how to write a mental health and wellbeing plan, and a template plan.
If, having downloaded and used these documents, your organisation feels able to make a donation to CWMT to help us continue our work and reach more employers and employees, we would be extremely grateful.