Mental Health

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

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department is dedicated to ensuring that it provides a positive working environment to its employees, where positive mental health is promoted and staff with mental health problems are supported.

The Department has recently updated its internal mental health policy and intranet pages. The policy has a focus on promoting good mental health in the workplace, tackling stigma and supporting staff. This update was cascaded to all staff within the Department.

The Department also provides an occupational health service; an employee assistance programme that also includes a free counselling service for staff; and a variety of learning and development opportunities to build resilience and manage stress.

The Department has also recently renewed its Mindful Employer charter status; and has also signed up to the responsibility deal on mental health reasonable adjustments, to ensure that people with mental health conditions are managed at work in the best way possible with reasonable flexibilities and workplace adjustments.

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