This World Mental Health Day 2019, we are announcing the launch of a new trial to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees (past and present) across the industry.
We are inviting organisations to register their interest to take part in the trial, which will be available from December 2019.
Mental health is the leading reason for absence from work, with other 15 million working days a year in the UK lost to mental health problems. Research also shows that 45% of people will make up an alternative reason for work absence rather than report a mental health issue to their employer.
There is a growing need for employers to put mental health provisions in place to protect and care for their employees, from raising awareness to putting providing practical resources to support employees who have come to them with a mental health issue.
The Benevolent Fund is passionate about supporting workplace wellbeing and believe that the introduction of the free, confidential 24/7 helpline will ensure that employees are fit for work and life.
Initially this will be a trial service open to a selected number of organisations that represent the sectors across the industry. We are calling on organisations to apply to be part of the initial trial and help us to develop this service for roll out in 2020.
The trial is free to organisations and individuals and all that we ask is that you actively promote the service to your employees.
The service will provide a listening service and further counselling if required, it will also provide financial, legal and family advice. Each call will be answered by a registered counsellor who will be able to provide support from the moment that they receive the call.