York St John University signed the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health in October 2015.
The Charter is voluntary and demonstrates the University’s commitment to the mental wellbeing of our staff and to providing a positive working environment for all. Download the charter below.
The Charter is about working towards the principles outlined, not the immediate fulfilment of them – signing up is a step along a journey not the end of it. Being a Charter signatory doesn't mean 'getting it all right' - but it does indicate a willingness to work towards better practice.
Here is the full list of current Charter Signatories.
Being part of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER network gives the University access to a range of resources, which will be useful to both managers and employees, including these short films:
As a manager, you can often have a difficult job getting the balance between supporting your staff and meeting the needs of the University. Whilst you're not there to be a counsellor or a therapist, your role is a crucial one where you have a member of your team with a mental health condition.
The Mindful Employer Line Managers' Resource (PDF, 0.6MB) is a practical guide to supporting staff with a mental health condition.
ACAS have developed an online learning course in conjunction with Mindful Employer. Mental Health Awareness for Employers includes the following sections:
- What is mental health?
- Common mental health conditions
- Supporting presence, managing absence
- Equality Act and reasonable adjustments
- Test yourself
The module will take about 30 minutes to complete. You will need to register on the ACAS webpage if you haven’t already done so, but you will then be able to complete this and other online learning programmes.
It's estimated that 1 in 3 people of working age will experience anxiety or depression. Whatever your job, looking after your own health and wellbeing is also important.
Keeping Well at Work (PDF, 0.5MB) is a practical guide for staff experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, and includes a section on talking to your manager. You may also find the personal workbook Feeling Stressed - Keeping Well helpful in assisting you to develop an effective and practical approach to overcoming distressing symptoms which can sometimes arise from harmful levels of stress. It’s a tool with which you can gain more control over problems or difficulties you encounter as a result of stress caused by workload, relationships with colleagues, outside work pressures or other issues.
Mental Health First Aid
This Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course is now available and suitable for all staff to attend. The course is designed to give you:
- A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
- Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
- Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
- Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness.
To find out more information or to book a place, please see the Staff Development webpage.
Managers can also refer to MHFA England - Line Manager's Resource (PDF, 1.9MB) which is a useful practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace.
Mental Health and Well-being Activities Programme in York
York Mind in partnership with Converge, St Nicks, York Carers Centre, Sunshine Changing Lanes, York LGBT Forum and Kindlewoods are delivering a bespoke range of activities to support individuals’ mental health and well-being across the city.
The Activities Programme is funded by City of York Council for three years and reflects its commitment and investment in mental health provision and the early intervention and prevention agenda.
Activities will run across the year, with staggered start dates and include guided learning such as conflict resolution, dealing with loneliness and isolation, vocational courses, facilitated peer support, green exercise, woodland well-being sessions, social events and support groups. To find out more about the programme and dates, please see York Mind's website.
Mental Health & Money Advice
Mental Health & Money Advice is a UK-wide online advice service designed to help people understand, manage and improve their financial and mental health. The service provides clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.
The information on this page is intended to complement our policies, practices and support already in place. See also:
Information for managers on supporting a return to work and referring to occupational health.
Stress and Wellbeing
Includes our approach to Stress Risk Assessments.
Employee Assistance Programme
Details of the information and support available, including face to face counselling and an advice-line for managers.
If you have concerns about an individual’s wellbeing or would like advice in supporting a member of your team.