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City Mental Health Alliance hosts new workplace mental health awards

City Mental Health Alliance hosts new workplace mental health awards
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The CMHA celebrates innovation, inclusion and purpose in workplace mental health at inaugural Thriving At Work Awards

The CMHA hosted the Awards at its Annual Celebration on 22 February 2023.  CMHA member businesses had the chance to enter the awards when they completed their annual CMHA Thriving At Work Assessment. The assessment is a robust evaluation and benchmarking tool designed to help large businesses to measure their workplace mental health approach against evidence-based standards and their industry peers.

The awards had three categories for workplace mental health, with three very worthy winners:

Promoting Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award

Workplace mental health and inclusion go hand in hand, and this award recognises a business that has carefully and thoughtfully joined up their inclusion and mental health strategies.

The winner of this award is Lloyds Banking Group which recognises, among other things, providing their Mental Health Advocates with knowledge boosting training to help them to better understand the challenges faced by diverse groups, including LGBT+ and people who are Black, Asian and from Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The Innovative Practice Award

Good practice in workplace wellbeing and mental health is constantly evolving. This award recognises a business that is committed to innovation in workplace mental health, which demonstrates a clear commitment to evaluating impact.

The winner of this award is Schroders which recognises how they thoughtfully designed new initiatives after listening carefully to the employee voice, and then carefully measured impact to assess what did and didn’t work.

Bupa was Highly Commended.

The Social Impact Award

Businesses have an opportunity support the positive mental health of people in their wider ecosystem, including clients, customers, contractors and wider society. This award recognises a business who has used their platform to do this.  

The winner of this award is PwC for their commitment to a social mobility action plan, which includes focusing on supporting the mental health of secondary school students from a lower socio-economic background.

Alison Unsted said, “In our five years of conducting the assessments, we saw time and time again how businesses are doing fantastic and innovative things to promote and support the mental health of their people, as well as their wider ecosystems. Of course this is recognised with the Thriving At Work assessment accreditation. But we wanted to go one step further in recognising truly innovative and excellent examples through these new CMHA awards. Thank you to all members who submitted an entry – all inspired our panel of judges. And a huge congratulations to all our award winners. We will be sharing the award-winning entries in due course, so that all businesses can learn from what they are doing. And we are now looking ahead to next year’s awards for our members – watch this space.”