Prime Minister’s call to start a country-wide conversation about mental health

The British Safety Council welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement today and her commitment to support mental health with a particular focus on young people, as well as her plans to transform attitudes to mental health in the workplace.

The safety charity, which has been campaigning for healthier and safer workplaces for the last 60 years, hopes that the Prime Minister’s speech will open a new chapter in understanding around mental health in the workplace and will provide leadership and focus for the employers on this important issue.  

Louise Ward, Policy, Standards and Communications Director at the British Safety Council, said: “There is a growing realisation that mental health is a significant issue in UK society.  It is a complex matter with much research ongoing, but what is clear is that the workplace has a key role to play, not just as part of the problem, but also as a source of solutions and support. We are committed to supporting the development of learning, information, tools and processes which will assist employers in engaging with this important issue.

“Together with the Health in Construction Leadership Group we are looking forward to the launch of the Mates in Mind programme at the end of January 2017. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of poor mental health in the construction sector and will bring the industry together to deal with the stigma associated with mental health.”