Dudley Council has helped to raise more than £1,500 for a mental health charity based in the town – as bosses at the authority pledged to continue to “do everything they can” to support staff.
The council played a key role showcasing the work it is doing to help staff stay healthy at the recent national #loveyourhr (LYHR) conference, where five per cent from the proceeds of ticket sales went to Dudley Mind. The event was organised by West Midlands Employers and the Local Government Association (LGA).
A cheque for £1,600 was presented to Sandra Vaughan, chief executive at the charity, at Dudley Council House this week.
Sarah Norman, chief executive of Dudley Council, said:
Dudley Council were delighted to be asked to support West Midlands Employers and the LGA at their national #loveyourhr conference. It was an opportunity to promote what we are doing to help employees look after their wellbeing, as we recognise mental health is one of the most significant issues affecting our workforce.
We have embraced change and innovation here at Dudley Council as we work together to meet the growing demands on services. I want to make sure that we do everything we can to support staff with their mental and physical health. In terms of what we do, that includes offering a range of self-help and support as well as one-to-one counselling.
One of the things I’m particularly keen to build on is our organisational cultural response to mental health. I want all of our staff to know there is no shame in mental ill health and that we have the support to help staff. It is great to be able to support the charity Dudley Mind, who are trying to do so much to change the existing picture across our local community.
Sandra Vaughan, chief executive of Mind, said:
The money raised will make a big difference and be used for our Growing In The Park Project, which uses gardening to improve mental and physical wellbeing. The conference was an important reminder that mental health touches us all.
Denise Bolger, head of leadership and organisational development at West Midlands Employers, said:
We decided to showcase this at our conference because people with mental health conditions deserve just as much support and compassion as people with physical health conditions.
I have never understood why every organ in your body gets support when it is ill, except your brain. It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it and that makes everything worse.
Here at WME we feel privileged to have been able to support the work of such a wonderful charity that promises not to give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.