London organisations and businesses, including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England have this week been recognised for their dedication to their employees by the London Healthy Workplace Charter, a Mayor of London backed programme that enables businesses to show that their employees’ health and wellbeing really matters to them.

The award acknowledges that employers are increasingly recognising the link between healthy, happy employees and a more productive workforce. Figures show that 27.3m days are lost each year due to sickness absence or injury and an estimated 914,300 adults of working age in London are affected by a common mental health issue such as anxiety and depression, with £10.4 billion lost each year to London business and industry.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, COO, Fionuala Bonnar, commented, “We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our employees, and are incredibly proud to have that recognised through accreditation from the London Healthy Workplace Charter. As an organisation, we work with companies of all sizes in many different sectors to help them develop comprehensive workplace wellbeing strategies involving Mental Health First Aid training. The framework the charter provides has not only informed and enhanced our own internal processes but we also feel assured that we are adopting the kind of holistic approach to workplace wellbeing that we encourage in other organisations.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Congratulations to all of the organisations and businesses who’ve been recognised through the Healthy Workplace Charter. Without a high-performing and healthy workforce, London would not be the fast-paced and successful  city it is. It is great to see so many businesses and organisations showing true commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Their dedication to their workforce is an example of how local businesses can prosper, attract the best talent and reap the rewards of investing in their staff.”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s approach to workplace wellbeing is underpinned by MHFA training. All staff are given the opportunity take MHFA courses, which place significant emphasis on self-care and supporting personal wellbeing, as well as supporting others. Other wellbeing supports offered include company-wide flexible working practices, sports clubs, a cycle to work scheme and extended counselling support.

MHFA England also hold regular wellbeing seminars to educate and inform employees on supporting their own wellbeing. Most recently, for example, the organisation hosted talks from Laura Willis from wellbeing consultancy Shine Offline and sleep expert, Marcus de Guingand of Third Pillar of Health. Prior to today’s award, MHFA England was recognised as one of ‘Britain’s Healthiest Workplaces’ following its participation in a national survey conducted by Vitality Health.

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