A Midlands pilot scheme has been heralded as a positive regional approach to tackling the stigma around mental health in the workplace by the head of a major national charity ahead of a key online event.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind, has praised the work of the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP) following the launch of its “Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat” campaign which is aimed at improving the support available for mental health at work.
The comments have been made ahead of a major online regional showcase event about the campaign and MHPP’s further work. Employers are invited to attend the event which is set to feature a range of high-profile speakers.
The campaign aims to give businesses and organisations across the region the help they need to encourage staff and bosses alike to open up about their mental health. It is one of a number of initiatives and pilot trials from MHPP and has been created with input from a group of ten Midlands employers as well as employees with lived experience of mental health problems.
MHPP, funded by Midlands Engine, is a collaboration of Midlands universities, local authorities and experts from Mind and was launched to support employers to understand the important link between staff mental health and wellbeing, and business productivity.