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Charlton Morris launches mental health initiative for employees

Charlton Morris has launched an initiative that gives employees free access to workshops, support and counselling from a qualified professional.

According to the Mental Health at Work Report 2017, 60% of workers have experienced a mental health problem at work, costing upwards of £30 billion for UK businesses alone. Therefore, Charlton Morris has decided to address the issue with a mental health package for its staff.

Charlton Morris has partnered with qualified mental health practitioner, Jaimie Shires, who will provide employees with a four-point service when it comes to supporting employee mental health:

  • Quarterly half-day workshops for the whole business, designed to improve the understanding and awareness of mental health. The topics of the workshops are also based on employee surveys
  • Training – all managers are being trained as ‘mental health first aiders’
  • Drop in sessions. Shires will be hosting in-office drop in sessions for employees to have an informal conversation about their mental health
  • Counselling & Support. Shires is available for conversations between 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday to conduct a needs assessment on anyone who needs it. If she deems it appropriate, the company will pay for up to 12 individual counselling sessions for employees.

Managing director, Andy Shatwell, said, “I am incredibly excited and proud to roll out this initiative. With the pressures that come alongside a job like recruitment, I believe it is our responsibility to do all we can to preserve the mental wellbeing of our employees.”

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