Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Here at Ward, our people matter. Our Ward DNA demonstrates that we are an ethical employer caring about our people’s growth, motivation, wellbeing and happiness – and not just at work. With it being Mental Health Awareness Week this week we wanted to share our approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing. We embed this within our people processes 365 days a year to truly ensure the bedrock of our People Pillar ‘Wellbeing @ Ward’ is woven throughout the fabric of our Ward family.

Our commitment is to raise awareness, provide training and create an environment and space where our people have the confidence to openly discuss any mental health support required. Ward is a MIND Workplace Wellbeing Index Silver Award employer, recognised for how we raise awareness and support our people’s mental health and wellbeing. This means we have made, and continue to make, demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health, taking action across a number of key areas and demonstrating impact.

People Director, Caroline Cuthbert, comments: “Aligned to Ward’s People Pillar of ‘Wellbeing @ Ward’, we have invested in our Wellbeing commitment through providing a platform for Mental Health support, signposting for professional support and encouraging our people to openly and confidentially ask for help in a safe and trusted environment. In addition to providing a FREE 24/7 Confidential Employee Assistance Programme to all employees to be able to access resources and professional support.

Our Wellbeing objectives are further supported by our current campaign to invest in training our people as Mental Health First Aiders who can become competent in being able to provide guidance, advice and support. All of our Managers are required annually to undertake e.learning in Mental Health Awareness to enable them, as leaders of people, to be able to identify and recognise when an employee may need help.

Mental Health has often been a silent illness with perceptions of weakness and fear for those suffering. At Ward, our aim in raising awareness is to encourage our people to talk or seek help for their mental health. Our Mental Health check-in questionnaire also enables us to listen to our people, signpost for support and take on-board how we can improve our peoples’ wellbeing.

This was truly demonstrated by 3 of our senior managers, including an Executive Board member, a Senior Regional Operations Manager and myself, sharing our own Mental Health blogs across the business for our people to read with the key message of “its ok not to be ok” as we have all had our own mental health journeys. By sharing our experiences we hope to instill trust for others to come forward when help is needed”.

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