Brighter Business

Brighter Berkshire is a community led and organised year long initiative which aims to help reduce stigma about mental health & improve local opportunities.

Mental Health is vital to everyone and the cost to businesses of poor mental health is estimated at, on average, £1000 – £3000 per employee per year.

A recent report by Business in the Community found that although progress is being made, there is a need for greater organisational awareness of the support required for better mental health at work.

The national survey found that:

  • 3 in 4 employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health.
  • 77% of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health at some point in their lives and 29% of employees have been diagnosed with a mental health condition
  • 62% of employees attributed their symptoms of poor mental health to work or said that work was a contributing factor
  • 35% of employees did not approach anyone for support the last time they experienced poor mental health
  • 9% of employees who experienced symptoms of poor mental health experienced disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal
  • 76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 22% have received training

This report also includes recommendations and calls to action for employers.

The workplace is often the first place signs can be seen of a mental health issue but many don’t know how to spot signs or respond to them. Equally, a stressful work environment might contribute to mental health problems for some and this does not need to be the case. We hear every day that employers have a real desire to tackle this and many are doing some great things that we want to share. Employers need to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.

We’re now calling on businesses to get involved and pledge to improve the mental health of your workforce.

What can you do as a business?

  • You can join our £1 Per Employee scheme (below) and donate towards a collaborative effort across the county to improve mental health. We hope to use this to support businesses in a range of ways to help improve the mental health of staff and help more people be open about having difficulties. Its a demonstration we can all do a little something to help and collectively make a significant difference.
  • Have a Yellow Day  – encourage all your employees to spend a day wearing yellow to show their support for mental health, send us a photo and we will share it on here and you will inspire others to raise awareness. 
  • Stand out for World Mental Health Day – promote good mental health practices, you can buy a Brighter Berkshire T Shirt and share your pictures of your day with us!
  • Fundraise for Brighter Berkshire – If you would like to fundraise for us, please email us and we can send you a fundraising pack.
    You fundraise using this dedicated Brighter Berkshire BT Donate page
  • You can join in walk and talk groups or simply pledge to make more people aware of the campaign locally with your friends and family.
  • Fundraise for Brighter Berkshire by making us your Charity of the Year
  • Increase your company awareness about mental health through reviewing your workplace mental health policy, having awareness raising coffee sessions or increasing training in mental health first aid – find courses and resources here.

We have ambition to create the largest county wide business network improving the mental health of our local community. All donations will go towards grants going out across the region to local charities and and initiatives aimed at making a lasting difference to the mental health of the Berkshire population.

Below is a Mental Health Toolkit for Employers. This is part of a series of online resources created by Business in the Community, with Public Health England to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees.

They are designed to help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental and physical health and provide a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support. For larger organisations, the toolkits are also useful resources to share with businesses in your supply chain and across your network.

Every organisation has an opportunity to support and develop a healthy workforce and it doesn’t need to be complicated – these toolkits will help you to understand and act, step by step. They address topics often shield away from in the workplace, and can provide the first step for an employer to encourage an open, healthy and supportive workplace.

£1 Per Employee

Mental Health is vital to everyone. The cost to business of poor mental health in sick days, disputes and more is estimated at, on average, £1k-£3k per person per year to a business.

It is often the first place signs can be seen of a mental health issue but many don’t know how to spot signs or respond to them. Equally a stressful work environment might contribute to mental health problems for some and this does not need to be the case.

We hear every day that employers with a real desire to tackle this and many are doing some great stuff we want to share.

We want to create a local fund which will benefit businesses and in turn our community. This fund will go directly towards initiatives aimed at improving local mental health workplaces.

We think contributing a £1 Per Employee towards a collaborative effort across the county to improve mental health will make a massive difference. We hope to use this to support businesses in a range of ways to help improve the mental health of staff and help more people be open about having difficulties. Its a demonstration we can all do a little something to help and collectively make a significant difference.

We’re now calling on businesses to get involved to:

  • Make a pledge to improve the mental health of your workforce
  • Create a work opportunity for someone with a mental health problem

All donations will go towards grants going out across the region to local charities and and initiatives aimed at making a lasting difference to the mental health of the Berkshire population.

If you are interested too in helping shape how this fund should be spent, please let us know.

We have ambition to create the largest country wide business network improving the mental health of our local community.

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Brighter Berkshire

Year of Mental Health 2017

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