As part of their vision for a world where mental health is treated like physical health, Mental Health start-up Sanctus have launched ‘The Mental Health Pledge’. The pledge outlines a radical yet practical framework for businesses to support mental health in the workplace, so people can bring their full selves to work.
We are pleased to be joining Transferwise, Red Bull and BCG to offer mental health coaching in the workplace.
This mental health pledge is made by HubbleHQ and championed internally by Tom Watson, our co-founder and CTO:
“We pledge to create an open environment where mental health is supported, and people can bring their full selves to work.”
1) We commit to raising awareness and education of mental health within the workplace, striving to create an open and empathetic environment where conversations around mental health are supported and accepted by all members of staff.
2) We will communicate the importance of this pledge and the company’s stance towards mental health throughout all levels within the business, including the c-suite and senior management.
3) We will ensure everyone is given adequate space to understand and determine their mental health needs. This may be through basic signposting, time-off, verbal support and/or paid-for internal resources.
4) We intend to fully take into account individual mental health circumstances when making business decisions whenever possible.
5) We acknowledge that in 1:1 conversations, it’s appropriate to discuss not only business
performance but overall well-being as well.
6) We consider activities that are beneficial for mental health (such as yoga, meditation or coaching) equally on the cultural and wellbeing agenda, alongside activities for other areas of wellbeing (such as sports teams etc).
7) We will make a considered effort to promote the company’s policy or offerings towards mental health to our employees.
8) We promise to ensure that if we’re providing health insurance for the team, it will have adequate provisions for mental health support.
9) We confirm that having a historic mental health problem, issue or illness will not be a barrier to career progression or development within the organisation.
10) We agree to treat mental health days equally to physical sick days. Therefore, sickness absence refers to any and all absence related to mental and/or physical incapacity to work.