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Mindful employer charter

Brentwood Borough Council has signed the Mindful Employer Charter for Employers who are positive about Mental Health.

As an employer, we recognise that:

  • people who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures, which may discourage them from seeking employment
  • some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, but others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job
  • with appropriate support, many people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues

As an employer we aim to:

  • show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues, including positive statements in local recruitment literature
  • make sure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview training
  • make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health checks that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment
  • not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant
  • provide non-judgmental and proactive support to those who experience mental health issues
  • make sure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace

For more information, visit Mindful Employer.