SMEs in Yorkshire are being offered a free Mental Health and Wellbeing practical toolkit by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Growth Hub.
Written by the Humber and East Yorkshire Mind and commissioned by Calderdale College, the toolkit is the Growth Hub’s response to the Stevenson and Farmer report for Government and the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership ESF open call ‘Thriving at Work’.
The toolkit will guide SMEs, micro businesses and the self-employed within the YNYER LEP community, to encourage a positive wellbeing culture, identify potential mental health problems and know what to do and where to go for advice.
Prioritising and investing time in mental health in the workplace and promoting best practise will hopefully;
• prevent unnecessary sickness absence through advising on preventative measures and good practise
• help employers without dedicated HR departments gain answers to some basic questions and be signposted to extra support
• help employees successfully return to work a quickly as possible.
Employer action on mental health will drive the focus of the topic and future improvement. The toolkit allows a significant opportunity for low cost scalable interventions in workplaces and create self-sustaining and measurable change processes.
The toolkit is available to all businesses. Taking steps to look after wellbeing can help individuals deal with pressure and reduce the impact of stress. Embracing the toolkit will generate a positive culture towards mental health in the work place and across the region.