Duke of Cambridge to Highlight Importance of Mental Wellbeing at Work

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Duke of Cambridge to Highlight Importance of Mental Wellbeing at Work

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO INTRODUCE NEW WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

Unilever House, London

Thursday 1st March, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will highlight the importance of mental wellbeing at work and introduce new Heads Together workplace mental health initiatives at the Workplace
Wellbeing Conference at Unilever House on Thursday 1st March.

His Royal Highness will firstly take part in a roundtable discussion about the current workplace mental health landscape with senior business leaders. Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, will discuss recent research conducted by the charity into the issue of workplace mental health, and participants will share their perspectives and experiences in addressing it. The Duke will then attend the Workplace Wellbeing Conference where he will introduce new initiatives developed and supported by Heads Together, Mind, Unilever and other partner organisations. His Royal Highness will also highlight the importance of senior leadership in ensuring the support and take up of mental health policies in the workplace, and the issues that still exist due to stigma and lack of access to the right resources.

The new workplace mental health initiatives consist of a ‘Mental Health at Work’ website and online training that will aim to equip employees and managers with tools, training and a good understanding of mental wellbeing in order to create a healthy and supportive working environment. This website will bring together curated online resources enabling employers to access workplace mental health and online training, including specific training for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), for whom it is often more difficult to provide employee mental health support.

Over 80% of the UK’s working age (16-64) population in employment and 1 in 6 British workers are affected by mental health issues. Research commissioned by Mind at the end of 2017 identified that stigma is the main barrier to accessing mental health information in the workplace environment, and that only a third of respondents had successfully found the mental health resources online that they needed.

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