Mental Health. It doesn't have to be a difficult conversation.
Our 'Mental Health. It doesn’t have to be a difficult conversation' campaign began in October 2018. Designed to reduce barriers around talking about mental health and wellbeing by providing interactive and personalised self-help tools and resources to enable and empower civil servants to access support on their terms.
This matters to us because 3 in 5 employees experience symptoms of poor mental health related to work but 1 in 2 don’t feel comfortable talking about mental health at work (Business in the Community Mental Health at Work Report 2017).
As part of the campaign we launched two new services, the Wellbeing Hub containing our most frequently requested resources and tools, and an interactive chatbot which provides routed conversations that guide and signpost people to help and support as well as offering wellbeing exercises.
We are increasingly aware that the challenges and pressures are very real for all UK civil servants at this time of great change.
Our job is to support civil servants, past and present, when times are tough, listening without judgement and offering practical, financial and emotional support, particularly when dealing with life's challenges. That’s why we launched this mental health and wellbeing campaign which clearly identifies whilst civil servants are facing even more immense challenges talking about the difficulties, mental health doesn’t have to be one of them.
The campaign is drawn from a combination of our research to date on wellbeing including the commentary of John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service as outlined in his Civil Service transformation speech (January 2018) and A Civil Service fit for the future (May 2018), Demos 2019 Wellbeing in the Workplace Report (Nov 2019) and our Help and Advisory Support Experts.
We also have a selection of Wellbeing podcasts on Soundcloud to listen to.