Mental Health

Justice written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

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

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) recognises the importance of mental health and well-being for all MOJ staff. Managers monitor our absence data so that they can identify trends such as increases in mental health issues and target action appropriately. Individuals and managers have access to a range of support to help them with issues that could affect mental health. This includes occupational health professionals who, in prisons, are based on site, and an employee assistance programme which provides advice on issues such as debt management and bereavement.

Managers and staff share responsibility for assessing and managing stress at work. The MOJ provides detailed guidance on how these actions should be carried out and the arrangements which should be followed; this also applies with regard to staff who are exposed to potentially traumatising incidents.

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