Mental Health Aware
The independent accreditation scheme for mental health aware workplaces, businesses, organisations, charities, employers, small businesses, universities, schools and colleges….
Based on evidence, research and guidance, including:
- Health and Safety Executive
- Mental Health Foundation
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence
- Thriving at Work Leadership Council
- World Health Organisation
Why the Tick?
We do not believe in ticking boxes as an effective solution to supporting mental health needs. Instead, we believe it takes a culture and a community to make mental health support effective across an organisation. To be a mental health aware organisation takes more than just training, more than just having people trained to support crisis, more than just risk assessments, it needs to be embedded in the entire organisation.
We consider three levels of evidence within an organisation:
Three Core Elements
Based on guidance from organisations like NICE, ACAS or the Mental Health Foundation, there are three elements to a mental health aware organisation recognised by the Mental Health Tick:
A mentally healthy organisation is one that recognises the importance of mental health and wellbeing across the organisation. It is not just the responsibility of Health and Safety or Occupational Health, there is an organisation-wide strategy in place.
It takes action from the top down to set the values, ethos and culture of the organisation and make it alright to recognise the full spectrum of mental health (from good wellbeing down). One of the biggest factors that help decrease the chances of poor mental health becoming a difficulty is the access to a support network and the right culture helps to support people to talk about their experiences.
Training and Development
For those in crisis, there is an expectation that an organisation has provided staff training at a universal, individual self-help and targeted support levels. There are staff trained to assist and signpost to appropriate support services, which are available to all staff, regardless of situation.
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