Mental health winners

Royal Mail Group celebrates excellence in workplace mental health with two wins

Royal Mail Group has continued its success in the field of mental health, being recognised with an award for ‘Best Mental Health in the Workplace Strategy (Large Company)’ at the ‘This can happen’ Awards.

The Awards were launched to celebrate and recognise companies and individuals who have shown excellence in their approach towards positive mental health for their employees. The Awards are open to all workplaces and individuals who champion mental health, and are open for submissions from all types of workplaces - large or small, not-for-profit, every type of industry and from any country.

The judges reviewed all the entries and also awarded Royal Mail Group their Grand Prix Award which is given to the most outstanding award entry from all 11 categories.

Dr Shaun Davis, global director compliance & sustainability, accepted the award at an online ceremony on Wednesday 7 October, and expressed his delight for the recognition it has given the business.

‘Keeping our people safe, healthy and well is a priority for us as a business and this award recognises just how hard we all work, every day, to support the mental health of our employees,’ he said. ‘I am delighted to accept the award on behalf of everyone in Royal Mail Group and pass on my special thanks and recognition to all our colleagues.’

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day this Saturday is a great opportunity to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health.

Mental health is individual, and each person’s experience can be different. We all deserve to feel safe and supported when talking about our mental health.

Mental health stigma should not prevent open conversations with friends and family or be a barrier to someone getting support. Whether you’re at home or at work this weekend, we encourage everyone to open up to mental health - to talk, to listen and to access support. Helpful resources are available from both Mind and Time to Change if you would like some ideas.

If you don’t feel your ‘usual’ self or are suffering with mental ill-health of any sort, whether it has just started or has been an issue for some time – please make the difference for yourself and access support. The sooner you access support the quicker you can start to feel a better.

To help encourage more men to talk openly about how they’re feeling, we have created a short video titled ‘Real Men’, which you can view here. Please share this link with your colleagues.

Support is available

  • First Class Support is free and confidential for colleagues and includes direct access to counselling services. Call 0800 6888 777, visit www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or download the ‘Lifeworks’ app. New users of the website/app can ‘sign up’ using a unique invitation code, which is RMG- and then your payroll number, e.g. RMG-12345678.
  • The Shout Mental Health Text Service is a free, nationwide, 24/7, text-based service. Text Shout to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
  • Stepchange: Offers expert, tailored advice and practical solutions to problem debt – contact the UK’s leading debt charity on 0800 138 1111 or visit www.stepchange.org.
  • Mind: www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help.
  • Mental Health UK: www.mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information.
  • NHS: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters.

For urgent support in a crisis: call the Samaritans on 116 123 (open 24/7) or in the case of a suicide or other emergency situation, ring 999, or 9999 from a Royal Mail landline.

9 Oct 2020