Action Mental Health, launched their new consultancy and training service, AMH Works, at an event in Parliament Buildings, attended by local business people and MLAs.
Action Mental Health has been working with individuals with mental health needs for 50 years now, and providing them with the support needed in their recovery. AMH Works is a bespoke service for local employers which will help improve the productivity of their staff while safeguarding their wellbeing.
Action Mental Health Chief executive David Babington said the service is more relevant to employers now than ever,
“Looking after staff welfare is a business responsibility, and has a huge impact on productivity, sick leave and profits. Most of us spend the greater portion of our lives at work, and it should come as no surprise that it can have an enormous impact on our wellbeing. In these times of economic hardship, businesses are under pressure to stretch resources – and these strains are being passed on to staff. Every day, one worker in six will be experiencing a mental health difficulty, most commonly depression or anxiety. Mental distress is now a fact of life and it can affect anyone in any workplace.”
“It makes good business sense to protect and promote the mental health of your employees. However, a wealth of research has shown that many employers aren’t even aware of the extent of the problem. Workplace mental health remains the elephant in the room – staff can’t disclose to their employers for fear of the consequences, employers don’t acknowledge the scale of the issue and all the while poor mental health and wellbeing are costing the Northern Ireland Economy over £790 million every year.”
AMH Works could be the first step in creating an open, supportive environment where employees can speak up about their stress and mental health problems.
Sponsors of the breakfast event were MLAs; Mickey Brady, Conall McDevitt, and Jim Wells. Speaking at the event was Gary Kane from AMH Works; Stephen Smyth, Servis Air; Newry Businessman, Peter Fitzsimmons and Jayne Forster from CIPD.
For more information about AMH Works please click this link http://www.amh.org.uk/employer-consultancy/