Mental Health. It doesn't have to be a difficult conversation.
Our 'Mental Health. It doesn’t have to be a difficult conversation' campaign began in October 2018. It was designed to reduce the barriers to talking about mental health and wellbeing by providing interactive and personalised self-help tools and resources that would enable and empower civil servants to access support on their terms.
We launched it because 3 in 5 employees experience symptoms of poor mental health related to work but 1 in 2 don’t feel comfortable talking about mental health at work (Business in the Community Mental Health at Work Report 2017).
As part of the campaign we launched two new services, the Wellbeing Hub containing our most frequently requested resources and tools, and an interactive chatbot which provides rooted conversations that guide and signpost people to help and support as well as offering wellbeing exercises.
Since October, however, we have become increasingly aware that whether civil servants are directly working on Brexit or in other policy areas, the challenges and pressures are very real.
Our job is to support civil servants, past and present, when times are tough, listening without judgement and offering practical, financial and emotional support, particularly when dealing with life's challenges. That’s why in March 2019 we have launched our Brexit and mental health advertising campaign that makes clear that whilst civil servants are facing immense challenges talking about their mental health doesn’t have to be one of them. The campaign is drawn from the commentary of John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service as outlined in his Civil Service transformation speech (January 2018) and A Civil Service fit for the future (May 2018).