Around the world companies and organisations are already putting mental health policies into place. Here are examples from just five of them.
These case studies represent diversity of industry, work population, and continents; however they focus on Western high income countries and large corporates. The information was supplied by the organisations, not independently researched. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the organisations.
Bank of England
The Bank of England (the Bank) has set out to deliver an integrated approach to wellbeing that focuses on the physical, mental and social health of its employees within an open and diverse culture. Delivering a programme to promote mental health in the workplace supports this wider aim and is aligned with the Bank's strategic plan (2014) of which one aspect is to be 'Diverse and Talented'.
As part of the Bell ‘Let’s Talk’ mental health initiative launched in 2010, Bell Canada committed to leading by example in workplace mental health practices. Bell actively participated in the development and early adoption of the Canadian Voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which helped guide programme development.
BHP Billiton is a global resources company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. With 45 per cent of people in Australia, according to the mental health charity Beyond Blue, expected to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, and similar statistics in the other countries worldwide where BHP Billiton operates, mental health was recognised as an issue that needed attention.
British Telecom (BT) Group Plc
Recognising the prevalence of mental ill health in their workforce, BT saw this as a business issue that had to be addressed and managed. The company was one of the first in the UK to launch a health awareness programme on a large scale to tackle mental health issues.
King & Wood Mallesons
Together with four major Australian law firms (Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz & Herbert Smith Freehills) and The College of Law in Australia, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) developed resilience@law. The initiative aimed to raise awareness around mental health and stress, address stigma, and provide education, self-care strategies, support and resources.