Mental Health

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a number of procedures in place to promote good mental health and wellbeing. These include a stress management framework abased on the Health and Safety Executive's management standards and access to an Employee Assistance Programme. Staff are encouraged to take their full leave entitlement, work conditioned hours and adopt flexible working practices. An e-learning package on managing stress is available and we are offering a growing number of training interventions focusing on building resilience. Our Health and Welfare, Occupational Health and Disability teams are available to offer advice to officers and their managers on:

Managing health problems in work.

Returning to health following an absence because of illness.

Avoiding work-related health problems and assisting in their management if they do occur.

Promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

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