Belfast Trust signs up to Mental Health Charter

14/11/2017

Today Belfast Trust signed up to the Equality Commission for NI’s Mental Health Charter, which is a voluntary commitment to developing best practice in the workplace.

Many people experience mental ill health during their lives and those with mental ill health suffer particular disadvantages in the workplace and in accessing goods and services. We believe that, with the right help at the right time, they can recover.

Everyone in the workplace has a responsibility to create an environment that promotes wellbeing and to look after their mental health and we are committed to positive engagement in agreeing reasonable adjustments with our applicants, employees and service users.

As an employer and service provider, we are working to create a workplace culture that promotes equality of opportunity and respect for those with mental ill health and provide a positive service to people with mental ill health. 

As a Trust, we recognise that many of the Charter commitments relate equally to those with other disabilities including physical, sensory, learning and hidden disabilities.

In signing the charter, Belfast Trust has undertaken to promote good mental health which will be beneficial to our employees and the whole community in Northern Ireland.

The Charter commitments are:

  1. Create an open and inclusive workplace culture which displays respect for those with mental ill health
  2. To promote equality of opportunity and challenge discrimination in the workplace
  3. To promote equality of opportunity in recruitment and selection for those with mental ill health
  4. To identify and provide sources of information and support regarding mental ill health
  5. To adopt 'Every Customer Counts - promoting accessible services' recommendations