About this pledge
Bridges believes that mental wellbeing in the workplace is relevant to all employees and everyone can contribute to improved mental wellbeing at work. Addressing workplace mental wellbeing can help strengthen the positive, protective factors of employment, reduce risk factors for mental ill health and improve general health. It can also help promote the employment of people who have experienced mental health problems and support them once they are at work. Bridges’ key objectives in relation to mental health and wellbeing are:
1.To identify contributing factors impacting mental health
2.To tackle workplace factors that may negatively affect mental wellbeing, and to develop management skills to promote mental wellbeing and manage mental health problems effectively.
3.To develop a culture based on trust, support and mutual respect within the workplace. As an employer we aim to create and promote a culture where employees are able to talk openly about their job and mental health problems and to report difficulties without fear of discrimination or reprisal.
4.To provide support and assistance for employees experiencing mental health difficulties.
5.To positively support the employment of people who have experienced mental health problems by providing fair and non-discriminatory recruitment and selection procedures.
6.To recognise that workplace stress is a health and safety issue and acknowledge the importance of identifying and reducing workplace stressors.