World Mental Health Day
Today is ‘World Mental Health Day’. When the World Health Organisation (WHO) pays special attention to mental health and focuses on one specific area, with the aim of highlighting the causes, symptoms and remedies of the associated conditions. The hope is, that by calling attention to and diving deeper into particular areas, it will remove stigmas, begin conversations and ultimately help prevent or reduce suffering.
So, we wanted to take this valuable opportunity to shine a light on the excellent work being undertaken by CSSC, CSEP and the Charity for Civil Servants on this hugely important area.
On 8 October CSEP (Civil Service Employee Policy) or Civil Service HR, hosted the annual Mental Health conference in London and CSSC was honoured to be invited to speak at the event and share our passion for wellbeing and good mental health.
Keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Wendy Eley, our Director of Strategic Development, who gave a very moving account of her personal struggles and journey through clinical depression. Wendy’s tip, of being more human and kinder when dealing with friends or colleagues who are coping with depression, resonated and struck a chord with the audience.
Our CEO, Simon Lee, was posed some thought-provoking questions as part of the panel of senior leaders, including: ‘What are the most important factors when promoting good mental health?’ And, ‘How do you ensure CSSC’s wellbeing policies are inclusive?’
Opening up for conversation
After the two wide-ranging and highly informative interactive sessions hosted by Daisy Clarke, CSEP and the Charity for Civil Servants, the conference was closed by our new Vice-Chairman, Ollie Phillips. Ollie eloquently spoke, to great applause, about transitioning after rugby, his charitable and world record expeditions and managing and dealing with change in the workplace.
The Civil Service is committed to being a leading employer in supporting mental health and has already undertaken some great work in achieving this. Initiatives like, sharing best practice and embedding sensible procedures and tools for all levels of the service. They recognise there’s still more to do and acknowledge that the challenges for busy line managers needing a resource, will be a continual focus for them.
The development of an app by the Charity for Civil Servants was hugely popular and lauded by everyone in attendance. Designed to provide managers with support, tools, best practice and practical examples of recognising signs and helping colleagues through difficult periods will be launched later this year.
We’re privileged to have shared the stage with other esteemed organisations who have put so much into wellbeing and good mental health and even prouder to be considered a thought leader in this most important subject.
If you have any questions about how you can get involved or help those who may be suffering from mental health issues, here are a handful of links, you may find useful.