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Black Country Chamber Partners with Dudley Mind to Raise Awareness of Mental Health at Work

With stress and mental health problems being the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK and having an annual estimated cost to UK employers of almost £35 billion, Black Country Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with local mental health charity and Chamber member, Dudley Mind, to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health at work and put employee wellbeing firmly on the Black Country business agenda.

The partnership will see both organisations working together to increase knowledge and awareness of stress and mental health problems among Chamber members and other businesses in the Black Country, but also to encourage employers to create mentally healthy workplaces.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a Chamber, we recognise that mental health is an issue which affects every employer regardless of size or sector, and the cost to both the individual and business can be significant. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Dudley Mind to promote better employee wellbeing amongst our members and the wider business community in the Black Country.”

Mark Evans, who leads on workplace wellbeing at Dudley Mind, said: “Working in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic opportunity to really engage with local employers on mental health.

There’s a strong business case; healthier employees take less time off sick, stay longer, are more engaged and more productive. It really does pay to invest in the wellbeing of your staff and we’re looking forward to supporting employers to take a proactive approach to mental health.”

In addition, the announcement of the partnership sees the launch of the CEX Challenge. The campaign is calling on Chamber members to take action and demonstrate their commitment to tackling mental ill-health at work by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge - a commitment to change the way employers think and act about mental health. Full details of the CEX Challenge can be found on the Chamber’s website: www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/policy-campaigns/social-impact.

Businesses interested in mental health can also contact Mark Evans at Dudley Mind for information, advice and support on 01394 442938 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last modified on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:49

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