Mental Health

Communities and Local Government 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 Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to promote good mental health and well-being in his Department.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government is committed to helping improve the general health and well-being of its staff and actively seeks to maximise physical and mental health.

Staff have access to various resources providing health care and health advice, and are supported by counselling and support services and the Charity for Civil Servants. Policy and guidance on mental health and well-being are available to all staff. In addition there are self-help resources and reading material available online which includes help on how to manage mental health and stress at work.

The Department is signing up to the Civil Service Physical Activity Challenge which invites Departments to increase staff participation in health and well-being activities. This includes encouraging staff to take part in the Charity for Civil Servants virtual walking challenge which runs from 10 September to 29 October 2012.

The Department also has a sports and recreational association, shared with the Department for Transport and its Executive agencies. This association operates in the interest of the sporting and recreational needs of staff. Staff pay to become members. It helps to promote a healthier lifestyle by allowing staff access to affiliated sports and social clubs.

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