The Education Authority (EA) has today signed up to Northern Ireland’s Mental Health Charter highlighting its commitment to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The Charter, which is a joint project between the Equality Commission, Action Mental Health, Change Your Mind, Disability Action, the Mental Health Foundation, MindWise and Inspire, sets out five commitments that the EA will work to deliver.
Charter commitments include creating an open and inclusive workplace culture; promoting equality of opportunity and challenging discrimination in the workplace; ensuring equality of opportunity in recruitment and selection; identifying and providing sources of information and support; and adopting Every Customer Counts recommendations.
Education Authority (EA) Chief Executive, Gavin Boyd commented;
“As one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers EA has a responsibility to create an environment which promotes the mental health and wellbeing of its staff.
This is a voluntary, long term and practical commitment by EA which will assist in developing best practice around good workplace mental health.
By signing up to the Mental Health Charter, EA will work to create an open and inclusive workplace that supports staff in maintaining good mental health. EA will also work to ensure that help is available for those staff who are experiencing poor mental health by providing the right support at the right time.”
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Dr Evelyn Collins CBE said;
“We welcome the Education Authority as a signatory to the Mental Health Charter. Employers who make this important - and voluntary - commitment can make a real difference to the lives of their employees.
Mental ill health can present in many forms and its impact can be personally devastating, especially if it is not dealt with effectively and sensitively. Employers such as the Education Authority are showing leadership by signing up to the Charter, both in their own workplace and to the wider public.
We hope other employers will follow their example, sign up to the Charter, and make a commitment to support staff who are experiencing any form of mental ill-health.”
Further information about the Mental Health Charter can be found at https://www.equalityni.org/MentalHealthCharter