Inspire are proud to be a supporter of the Mental Health Charter, which has been designed to promote inclusivity for people experiencing poor mental health, in their workplace launched by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).
The Charter is a joint project between the Equality Commission, Action Mental Health, Change Your Mind, Disability Action, Foundation for Mental Health, MindWise and Inspire.
“Around a third of lost working days are due to mental ill health. It’s the single most common cause of sickness absence in the public sector and one of the top two across the workforce as a whole,” Dr Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, said at the launch event. “Almost a third of the workforce has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. The cost to employers of sickness absence due to mental ill health is colossal.
“The Mental Health Charter is not an accreditation, an award or a set of quality standards. It’s a voluntary commitment by an employer and shows an organisation’s willingness to work with all the partners in this initiative to ensure that Northern Ireland’s workplaces are more supportive of people who find themselves having to deal with mental illness.
“As a first step, we’ll be working with signatories to find out how we can build in long-term sustainable information and training support that will help managers identify and offer help and support to staff with mental health issues. There is a wide range of options for other support from our partners that’s open to all employers.
“Signing the Charter is a company’s sign of commitment to improving the working lives of employees experiencing mental ill health,” Dr. Wardlow said. “It’s a long-term, practical undertaking that links the Commission and our partner organisations with employers to help them deliver this commitment.”
Any organisation signing up to the Charter pledges to work towards making the following commitments:
1. Create an open and inclusive workplace culture which displays respect for those with mental ill health
2. To promote equality of opportunity and challenge discrimination in the workplace
3. To promote equality of opportunity in recruitment and selection for those with mental ill health
4. To identify and provide sources of information and support regarding mental ill health
5. To adopt 'Every Customer Counts - promoting accessible services' recommendations
Click Here to visit the ECNI website where you will be able to download the Charter,
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