H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing


We will create an environment where anyone with past or present experience of mental health issues is valued, respected and able to flourish. This will involve providing all staff with the environment, knowledge and tools to develop and maintain emotional resilience and mental wellbeing, while raising awareness of, and providing support for, mental health in the workplace. This will include at least one of the following:

  • Encouraging all members of staff to consider the impact of their behaviours and decisions on the wellbeing of themselves and those they work with, manage and have a duty of care for. This will include creating and sustaining an organisational culture where the risks from work-related stress are being effectively managed and controlled.
  • Provide specific training for line managers to promote mental wellbeing and resilience. Identify early opportunities to support staff with mental health needs. This will include raising awareness amongst staff, e.g. materials promoting self-awareness, guidance on disclosure of mental ill health, how to identify early signs and symptoms and practical issues such as positive recruitment practices and managing disclosure.
  • Providing opportunities for employees to support and develop their overall wellbeing by taking a holistic approach to a healthier life, covering nutritional awareness, physical activity and social engagement.
  • Taking a demonstrable and positive stand against mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace, for example by supporting the Time to Change movement.
  • Embedding the principles of the Mental Health Workplace Adjustments Guide (developed through the Responsibility Deal's health at work network) within HR procedures to ensure that people experiencing mental ill health are managed at work in the best way possible with reasonable flexibilities and workplace adjustments.

Information is available on what this pledge sets out to achieve, the benefits, how you help us deliver this and how you will report on your progress.

Previous pledge wording

Prior to 10 October 2013, the wording for pledge H7. Mental Health Adjustments was:
We will embed the principles of the Mental Health Workplace Adjustments Guide (developed through the Responsibility Deal's health at work network) within HR procedures to ensure that people experiencing mental ill health are managed at work in the best way possible with reasonable flexibilities and workplace adjustments.

The current wording has a broader focus on mental wellbeing and addressing other issues that afflict people with mental health conditions, like stigma and discrimination. Mental health adjustments are just one of the actions that organisations can take to meet this pledge.

Annual updates

Annual updates for 2012/13 [the mental health adjustments version of the pledge] and 2013/14 can be viewed below.
Annual Updates 2012 - 2013
Annual Updates 2013 - 2014

Partners currently committed to this pledge (142):

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