Council Makes Commitment To Support Mental Health

Council Makes Commitment To Support Mental Health

Broxtowe Borough Council has pledged is commitment to support residents with mental health conditions through a new Mental Health Task Group.

The task group will review how the Council’s services currently respond to individuals who may have mental health issues and where improvements can be made.

Chair of the group, Councillor Lee Fletcher said: “Mental health is so important and something which is very close to my heart so I’m really pleased to see that the Council is taking it seriously. As part of the task group, we’ll be taking evidence from a wide range of people from across our community to ensure we can benefit from their expertise and knowledge in this area to support our residents and employees in the best way possible.”

So far, the group has agreed:

  • Raising awareness of mental health in the community be endorsed during Mental Health Awareness week (13-19 May 2019)
  • An internal campaign to promote good employee mental health be developed
  • It be mandatory for all managers to attend mental health first aid training.
  • Councillors be encouraged to take mental health first aid training.
  • The Council become a member of the ‘We’re In’ project and a Member champion for mental health be identified.
  • That mental health wellbeing as a result of the Council’s day to day operations be considered by being included when conducting Equality Impact Assessments into new policies or initiatives.

The Council will also be working to promote being positive about mental health to Council employees and ensure that they can get any help and support they need for their health and wellbeing.

The Council is already signed up to the Mindful Charter as part of its commitment to creating a supportive and open culture where employees can talk about mental health.

The group would be keen to learn from people in the community who would wish to contribute ideas or stories of their own experience, which could help inform the recommendations. If you would like to contribute please send your thoughts to ceo@broxtowe.gov.uk

Anyone who is struggling with their mental health should contact their GP.


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