Support for mental health group

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BUSINESSES in Scarborough are being encouraged to host a fundraising breakfast in support of a campaign by mental health charity Mind. The Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale branch of Mind is asking local employers to take part in its Taking Care of Business Campaign on May 20.

The campaign encourages employees to talk about the “elephant in the room” and take steps to create a working environment that is conducive to good mental health.

Julie Nichol, chief executive officer of Mind, said: “Join us on May 20 in helping to put an end to poor mental health in the workplace. According to a study stress has caused one in five workers to call in sick, but due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues 93 per cent admit to lying about the reason for their absence.

“In spite of this, research shows that staff want to be able to talk about these issues, 70 per cent wanted to be able to discuss stress with their employers and a third hoped their boss would approach them when they are showing signs of strain.”

The main aim of the business breakfast event is to get staff talking about the issues that concern them and to draw attention to Mind’s Employment Support Service.

This service provides free, impartial advice and support to staff and employees around issues from stress management and sickness leave to establishing work-reasonable adjustments and assisting in the development of action plans aiming to help businesses maintain skilled employees.

For more information call (01723) 588008 or 0845 603 4723.