We appreciate that every organisation has its own culture and way of working, and it will be the same when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Therefore we look to both support employers in creating their ideal approach, whilst recognising any existing provision.
Within the Mates in Mind framework there are four key elements which, importantly, together offer a holistic and joined up approach:
1. To educate and inform the workforce – with messages tailored to the workforce, to leaders and to champions – helping everyone understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to mental wellbeing
2. To support both the organisation in creating the right programme for them , offering guidance on specific worker issues from creating a stress management policy – through to connecting the workforce to appropriate support at the right time.
3. To visibly support the framework throughout the organisation with relevant and accessible communication materials – from hard hat stickers to van stickers, to posters, flyers to wallet cards etc.
4. To help build an evidence base – Mates in Mind are also developing a research programme which will help the industry understand the nature and impact of mental health, and ensure development of effective and robust solutions.