Mental Wellbeing Charter

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Mental Wellbeing Charter

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce have launched a Mental Wellbeing Charter for local businesses wishing to learn good practice and pledge to support the good mental health of their employees.

“Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce are undertaking important work to help raise awareness of the role and benefits for businesses in promoting and supporting good mental health in their organisations.

“I invite businesses of all sizes to sign up to the Chambers Mental Wellbeing Charter and pledge their commitment to building a positive mental wellbeing culture which in turn tackles stigma and builds trust, ensuring that the right help is available to anyone seeking mental health support, wherever they are and whenever they need it.”

 The RT Hon Theresa May MP

Our Commitments are:

  • We commit to providing an environment for our employees to thrive in and encourage those who may be struggling to speak up and seek help.
  • Through effective people management and training we foster trust amongst our employees, supervisors and leaders, to help create a workspace where employees feel comfortable to self-identify as a person with a mental illness.
  • We understand that culture and leadership are pivotal to creating a healthy and thriving workplace.
  • Our leaders are open about mental health and mental illness (be that through personal stories, or education)

 

  • We will treat those experiencing mental illness as we would with someone experiencing a physical illness in terms of support, time off, and a supportive return to work.
  • We will be honest and support people to live with ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • We will actively risk assess those who are most at risk of developing or have an existing mental health condition.
  • We will support our employees as parents and carers to enable their children to be well during this time.
  • We will be a learning organisation – establishing learning relationships with other organisations and sharing what we have learned.

Please email David Saab on davidsaab@tvchamber.co.uk to pledge your organisation to our Mental Wellbeing Charter.

View and download the Charter here

 

Building a positive mental wellbeing culture

Following this call to action from Rt Hon Theresa May in November 2020, on 26th November 2021, at our Annual Dinner at Windsor Castle, we launched ‘Building a positive mental wellbeing culture‘, a series of case studies based on work that organisations and businesses have done to improve the mental wellbeing of their employees.

The report raises awareness of the role and benefits of businesses in promoting and supporting good employee mental health.  It has been driven by the Mental Health Charter Steering Committee, where local experts have generously gifted their time to support the Chamber in this work.

Latest events

Menopause in the workplace – just another policy or a true culture change? – Thursday 9th June 2022

 

How do you actually deliver a meaningful menopause culture in your organisation?  It really isn’t just about putting another HR policy in place or a tick box exercise.

Speaker

Theresa Winters, Senior HR Manager, Employee Experience Proposition, Santander UK plc

Hosts and facilitators

Amantha King, Menopause Coach, Amantha King Coaching 

Andrew Pickett, Senior Audit Manager at PwC UK

 

Is the menopause really a business issue? – Thursday 3rd March 2022

 

Low awareness amongst employers about the menopause is causing thousands of women each year to be absent from work and to quit their jobs.  

Speakers

Sally Hanson, Mental Health, owner of Sally Hanson Marketing Ltd

Amantha King, Menopause Coach, Amantha King Coaching 

Sharron Moffatt, Mental Health Trainer & Person Centred Fitness

Andrew Pickett, Senior Audit Manager at PwC UK

Elaine Williams, Head of Innovation, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Working Through a Pandemic and Beyond – Thursday 14th October 2021

 

We were delighted to welcome Ben Cahill, Roz O’Neil and Lisa Lloyd as our keynote speakers for this webinar.  After an introduction by host David Saab, under the direction of Carole Kaplan our Chair for the session, our speakers shared their expertise and knowledge on ’Working Through a Pandemic and Beyond’.

Speakers

Ben Cahill, Strategy and System Partnerships, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Roz O’Neil, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Lisa Lloyd, Chartered Psychologist & Psychotherapist, It’s Time For Change.

 

We were pleased to welcome Lisa Lloyd as one of the speakers at our recent Mental Wellbeing webinar, which discussed the topic of Working Beyond the Pandemic.

Time limitations meant we were only able to address questions raised during the webinar, which left those submitted prior to the event unanswered. Read here her take on what she would have shared from a psychologist perspective.

Karl Simons OBE, a member of our Mental Health Steering Committee, has shared his view on how he thinks the pandemic has affected people’s mental health and what Nature means to him. 

Click on the image to read the full interview

Clare Lyons-Collins MBA, TVCC Mental Health Consultant, has been in conversation with Ken Jarrold CBE, Chair, Council of Governors and Board of Directors Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to find out how important nature is to him.

Click on the image to read the full interview

 

Previous Sessions

Mental Wellbeing Webinar 29.04.21

How an organisation, affected by this pandemic, can continue to look after their people.

 

Mental Wellbeing Webinar 21.01.21

Workplace wellbeing: A ‘fluffy’, ‘nice-to-have’ concept or a systemic & measurable business process?

 

Business Manifesto Advisory Group 22.10.20

The Role of Compassionate Leaders in Mental Wellbeing


Mental Wellbeing Webinar 10.12.20

The Bottom Line is Getting the Elephant out of the Room 

Pledgers