Health and Wellbeing Support at Potens
At Potens we are battling the stigma around mental health in the workplace by giving our employees safe spaces to talk, and resources for reducing stress.
In the summer of 2018, we committed to a year-long development of our wellbeing thinking and the strategies that support that. There was a public declaration to the wellbeing agenda by both Nicki Stadames and John Farragher during an event held in Birkenhead.
Moving forward from the event we began to consider what we needed to do to effectively support those people who support our Service Users, our staff. There is a national desire to raise awareness about mental health and to support this, Potens has committed to changing how we all think, talk and manage mental health in the workplace.
Our Health and Wellbeing Aim:
To create a strategy and overarching framework that:
• Raises the awareness levels of all we employ and support
• Reduces the associated stigma of mental health issues
• Creates a toolkit to initiate and support open and supportive conversations
• Increases the knowledge and effective management
‘Time for Change’ – our Statement of Intent:
Potens is committed to changing how people think and talk about mental health in the workplace. We want to remove the stigma and encourage our staff to come forward so we can work together to ensure our employees feel supported. To help us achieve this aim we are signing the Time to Change Pledge.
The Pledge is our public commitment to our staff and to our stakeholders that we are serious about raising mental health and wellbeing awareness in the workplace.
This has started with a Health & Wellbeing toolkit that all our staff can access for the support they may need.
Useful information can also be found at Heads Together – who through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, are campaigning for unresolved mental health problems which lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.
Launch of Potens’ Employee Assistance Programme
Launching in July 2019, our Employee Assistance Programme, has been designed to support our employees look out for their health, their families and their finances.
As well as being able to access health and wellbeing benefits directly through our platform and app, everyone working at Potens has access to a range of discounts and benefits.
The platform also links employees through to resources for dealing with stress and mental health issues, as well as information on other tools and services that they can use.