Charities back World Mental Health Day with action

Third Sector is itself running a series of articles online about mental health in the workplace

Scores of charities have made announcements linked to today’s World Mental Health Day, which has the theme of mental health in the workplace.

Third Sector is this week running a series of articles on the theme, which kicked off yesterday with a blog by Mark Flannagan, former chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, describing his mental health struggles.

Today Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind and chair of the charity chief executives body Acevo, has written a piece about the importance of leadership in this area.

The Guardian newspaper today carries a piece written by a novelist using a pseudonym, which calls for more people to consider volunteering for the suicide-prevention charity Samaritans. The newspaper also includes a 20-page supplement on the subject of mental health.

The men’s suicide-prevention charity Calm has partnered with the retailer Topman to launch the #DontBottleItUp campaign, designed to show men it is ok to open up about mental health issues. The campaign is supported by the new Calm ambassador Chris Hughes, who appeared on the ITV show Love Island.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has launched an advice pack for organisations and staff that contains advice on mental health in the workplace. Resources covering a range of areas, including how to recognise a possible mental health problem and how to support those living with mental ill health, can be downloaded from the RCP’s website.

The British Safety Council has today launched a series of paid-for mental health training courses designed to help organisations and their employees start conversations about mental health issues.

The Fire Fighters Charity has announced today that it has set up a new role to boost the psychological support services it provides.

The charity, which provides psychological and physical support to people in the UK fire community, has said it is recruiting a leader for its psychological services, which are provided from its three bases in England.

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