On Wednesday 30th January Barking and Dagenham Council committed to a Charter for Mental Health. The Charter was drafted and developed by Councillor Andrew Achilleos to highlight the range of services and support in the borough. It was also a commitment to lead by example recognising mental health issues in the workplace and breaking down stigma and discrimination.
This follows the launch of the Charter on World Mental Health Day in October last year. The Charter will receive further support when partner organisations such as the NHS, NELFT, MIND, Lifeline and Healthwatch meet in February to commit to it.
The Charter supports the Thrive LDN six aspirations, which address support for Londoners to maintain good mental health, as well as developing a programme to stamp out mental health stigma and discrimination. It also promotes work with schools and youth organisations to get young people involved, using digital technology to boost Londoners’ access to mental health support and services.
The Charter places an emphasis on working with employers to improve mental health in the work place.
Councillor Achilleos said: “this charter marks a really important milestone. One in four of us will face a mental health problem in our lifetime and we need to break down the taboo that prevents us from talking about it. The commitment from the council, which is one of the largest local employers sends a supportive message to residents who may be struggling with issues in the workplace.”