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World Mental Health Day sees increased FM involvement

11 October 2019

Yesterday's World Mental Health Day resulted in a number of activities around the FM sector with a view to addressing mental health issues.

The overall message behind these events was to raise awareness of the need to consider the mental health of colleagues and others around the working environment.

In addition to the efforts of FM organisations, the construction sector also saw a number of companies and trade bodies support mental health awareness.

Among those participating in the FM sector, Vertas Group claimed to be first FM business in East Anglia to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which is affiliated to mental health charity Mind.

This has been designed to end mental health discrimination and allows those signing the pledge to confirm their efforts in this area.

Suffolk Mind chief executive Jon Neal was in attendance as Vertas group chief executive officer Ian Surtees signed the pledge.

The company will now begin its first cohort of mental health first-aiders as the first point of contact for colleagues experiencing emotional distress or mental health issues.

Further support will be provided to those in need through the employee assistance programme or other options, such as counselling.

Wellbeing in the workplace is another topic discussed by the PFM Editorial Advisory Board, noting how the movement has continued to widen its scope.

Having incorporated both mental and physical health, this has also been aligned with additionally complementary areas such as CSR activity and joint extra-curricular activity for colleagues and clients.

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