HSR Psychology is a signatory to the ‘Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health’. As such we are committed to working towards the following principles:
Increasing awareness of mental health
We work to increase the awareness of mental health. We want to encourage positive conversations about mental health.
Good practices not ‘great promises’
We want to recruit and retain valued and talented members of staff. We work towards having policies and practices that are sensible, achievable and realistic. Policies and practices help develop a positive supportive culture around mental health and benefit our staff for the long term.
Safe people and friendly places
We want staff to be able to talk with team members and managers about mental ill health in a safe, supported environment without fear of rejection or prejudice.
Commitment to change
Changing attitudes and cultural expectations takes time. We are committed towards working to implement policies and practices which support all our team and provide a healthy and happy workplace.
The ‘Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health’ is a successful NHS initiative run by Workways, a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. The goal of the charter is to support people with mental health conditions to find or remain in employment. HSR Psychology is a signatory to charter.
Mindful Employer Charter
As an employer we recognise that:
- People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment.
- Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.
- Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues.
As an employer we aim to:
- Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.
- This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
- Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills.
- Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
- Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
- Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.
- Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.