20th January 2020
Blue Monday – How NCG are supporting staff with their mental health
20th January is regarded in the UK as ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year…
As an employer of over 2,100 staff, who work so incredibly hard in supporting vulnerable adults with complex and challenging needs, we have made it a priority that we support our staff with their mental health and well-being whenever possible.
So we are using Blue Monday as an opportunity to encourage our staff to discuss mental health within the workplace and seek the necessary support they need to help them thrive in their personal and professional life.
So how are we getting involved?
From providing free confidential advice to offering you discounts at gyms across the country, NCG have got our staff covered when it comes to supporting them with their mental health.
Health Assured: Confidential Advice Line
We have free 24/7 and 365 days access to a professional counsellor via the phone through our Confidential Advice Line, which provides anonymous support on a whole range of issues our staff may need advice on…
- Stress and anxiety
- Work advice
- Financial wellbeing
- Legal information
- Alcohol or drug issues
Conversations are completely confidential and non-judgmental, with an expert counselor being able to support staff with any issues or concerns they may have.
Health Assured: Read blogs and download free materials online
Staff who are seeking advice but are not comfortable with calling someone for help could try to find further support on the secure online Health Assured portal, which provides a range of materials to benefit them.
We have a secure online health portal that allows staff to access 4 week diet plans, webinars and mini health checks.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions meaning there is no charge to use this service.
The service is 100% confidential and can be accessed over the phone, between 8am to 10:30pm, Monday to Friday.
We’re committed to taking all reasonable steps to make sure that we:
• listen to staff about their mental health concerns
• keep information about their mental health confidential
• support them if experiencing mental health issues, making reasonable adjustments where needed
• treating them with respect, not making judgements or assumptions about you because you’ve told us about a mental health issue
• help all our colleagues to be more aware about mental health
• train line managers to support employees experiencing mental health issues
• treat any issues of bullying and harassment in relation to mental health issues seriously – see our Bullying and Harassment Policy