World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

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WMHD is just one day each year but this important initiative is a good reminder that in Rapport we have an opportunity to start a conversation about mental health and break down the stigma that often surrounds it.

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

We are committed to developing our approach to mental health in the workplace, protecting and improving mental health for our people, whilst supporting those who experience distress.

Our Employee Assistance Programme

Our Employee Assistance Programme at Rapport has been created especially for anyone that is struggling and needs to speak to an expert. The level of support is second to none, helping our people cope with what life throws at them. This can support them to get back to playing a full part in their relationships, workplace and community. Our team can access this service through our dedicated Engagement Portal that everyone in Rapport has access to.

Our Head of HR, Natasha Whitehurst explained “Lots of companies have an assistance programme that they offer, however we ensure this service is promoted and tailored to our Ambassadors needs. We encourage all new managers to call the service and familiarise themselves with the support we offer to ensure they are best placed to advise.”

Mental Health Awareness Training

Good mental health at work and good leadership go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive.

We have developed a number of Mental Wellness programmes in association with a leading external consultant and are available to everyone from management through to frontline Ambassadors.

We believe that it’s not just about being comfortable enough to talk about the problems, it’s fundamental that our management plays a crucial role in supporting our people that experience distress and/or mental health problems and are equipped to recognise symptoms and have the tools to support in the right way. At Rapport, we support the development of compassionate and effective line management relationships – providing opportunities for managers and supervisors to attend these dedicated courses for mental wellbeing.