Mental Health

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to promote good mental health and well-being within her Department.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office is a signatory to the Charter of Employers which is part of the Mindful Employer initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work. In addition to this, the Home Office has a national programme of mental health training for managers which increases awareness of mental health and educates managers on understanding and managing mental health in the workplace.

The Home Office has introduced a Well-being Framework to promote the well-being of staff at work. Several initiatives are programmed throughout the year in support of well-being to improve employee's knowledge of health, fitness and lifestyle issues. Information on the Home Office policy and well-being framework, as well as supporting guidance and e-learning packages, are available to line managers and staff on the Home Office intranet.

The Home Office has in place an Employee Assistance Programme which provides a confidential 24 hour/365 days telephone line staffed by fully qualified counsellors, to staff and their dependents on a range of issues including mental health. Staff can also contact the Home Office Disability Support Network (HODS) for confidential advice. In addition the Department may also refer individual cases to its Occupational Health Service provider, where the line manager and the Department need independent medical advice.

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