Last week’s Wellbeing Day, held between SUSU and the University saw a real cause for celebration in our community.

SUSU Chief Executive, Scott McCarthy and University of Southampton Provost, Adam Wheeler signed the Mindful Employer Charter in Garden Court. Adam Wheeler opened the session by highlighting the excellent progress made on our campuses to support those battling mental illness in the last year. His sister, Sarah, also spoke: as someone who has experienced severe mental illness, she has used her knowledge to connect with countless others with similar experiences to found Mental Fight Club and new creative space for wellbeing, The Dragon Café.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is an NHS initiative and is the origin of the Mindful Employer Charter. The organisation aims to support people with a mental health condition in finding or remaining in employment. The charter has been signed by 1,250 employers since it was launched in 2004 and indicates a willingness to work towards the best possible practice for those with mental illness.

SUSU signing the Charter means that we pledge to work towards this cause, with aims including:

  • Showing a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.
  • Not making assumptions that a person with a mental problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  • Providing non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.

 

To find out more about the Mindful Employer Charter, you can visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/charter/