One year on: our mental health pledge to you

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We are continuing our bid to rid the stigma of mental health, after signing a commitment to health and wellbeing last year.

In May last year,  Chief Executive Robert Morton and Chair Sarah Boulton signed the Mind’s Blue Light Time to Change Pledge, which encouraged organisations to publicly commit to a series of actions to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

By signing the pledge, we needed to demonstrate and produce an action plan detailing what will be delivered to commit to supporting your mental health.

A year later we have a full strategy, incorporating the principles of the pledge and have established the wellbeing hub. We also have many different support systems in place and the list of services is continually growing.

We now cover many different aspects of mental health, in different ways such as training, counselling and e-therapy, on subjects such as personal resilience, stress and anxiety, suicide prevention, mental health and first aid.

Health and Wellbeing Manager Debra Winterson said: “The signing of the pledge really was the trigger. For EEAST, the signing of the pledge formed part of our commitment to developing a holistic - physical, social and psychological - wellbeing service.

“We have moved on a long way since, and are proud of our growing no stigma approach to any element of our staff’s health.”

Published 25th August, 2017

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