Just Ask, Listen,Talk - Mental Health Awareness Week

Archived news: published on Friday 17 May 2019 by Fife Council

Mental Health Awareness week has provided a platform that highlights the importance of well being at work and the role employers have in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health issues.    

In support of this agenda, Just Ask, Listen,Talk, a Fife driven campaign, lead by Fife Council Supported Employment Service and supported by Fife’s Health Promotion Workplace Team, encourages all Fife based employers to make a JALT pledge to prioritise mental health in the workplace and making sure their employees feel confident having disucssions with managers when they are affected by poor mental health.  

Promoted at a Joint Mental Health and Employability Forum, held at the Rothes halls on Wednesday 15th May, delegates at the event were made aware of the “Just Ask Listen Talk” toolkit for employers.  This provides straight forward, practical advice and information about free support services in Fife that helps businesses support people at work or off sick due to mental health issues and offers guidance on creating and sustaining a mentally healthy workplace.

Angela Hamilton, Team Manager of Supported Employment Service and lead for the JALT team said: “Poor mental health is the leading cause of work absence in the UK, with around half of all long term sick leave due to stress, depression and anxiety.  Stress is a known health and safety risk at work, and we are encouraging employers to address mental health issues in the same way as they would address physical injury or illness.  This isn’t just about people with mental health conditions.  We all have mental health, and we can all be affected by poor mental health on occasion.  The Just Ask Talk toolkit will help employer’s recognise signs that show someone may be experiencing poor mental health, encourage them to ask staff if they are okay then listen and talk about support that might help people stay in work or return to work sooner.”

Alan Gow, Health Promotion Workplace team, said: “The JALT toolkit outlines the key building blocks of a mentally healthy workplace, and we are keen to work with employers in Fife to help them put in place their building blocks and sign up the JALT pledge.”

Employers can find the toolkit at www.opportunitiesfife.org.ukand sign up the Just Ask Listen Talk pledge by contacting sw.ses@fife.gov.uk

Angela Hamilton, Team Manager - Supported Employment Service 
Tel: 01592 583142 Contact Angela Hamilton online
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