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GloW Gloucestershire Wellbeing - Positive actions for better mental wellbeing

 Positive actions for better mental health

GloW - Gloucestershire Wellbeing is Gloucestershire health and wellbeing board's commitment for better mental health.

Named GloW, for Gloucestershire Wellbeing, the commitment sets out what it takes to promote good mental health and wellbeing and help prevent mental illness. Organisations that sign up to GloW are asked to take action to promote positive change.

The aim is to create a countywide movement promoting good mental health for all, by focusing on all the contributing factors and taking actions that will make a difference. Many things can have an impact on a person’s mental wellbeing; including housing, employment, food and social life.

Health and wellbeing board members and partners have pledged their actions in support of the commitment.

The GloW commitment is the local response to Public Health England’s Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health; which has been rolled out across the country.

Organisations signed up to the commitment and their pledges:

Every employee within the Trust has a right to regular supervision. Supervision should be a balance between performance management and pastoral support. As such Trust supervision policies should include specific statements about supporting the individuals ‘emotional health and wellbeing’ and this should be recorded to include agreed actions where an individual is observed to be struggling. We will therefore review our local policies and amend them to reflect a commitment that managers will proactively enquire and support staff emotional health and wellbeing.

Provide mental health and physical activity awareness training across the county and train an office champion in mental health first aid.

Age UK Gloucestershire is committed to offering older people an opportunity to improve and sustain mental wellbeing through peer to peer support and activity.  AUKG will further build on its Springboard Group hub model, promoting and supporting the growth of groups available to older people across Gloucestershire. Older people will gain opportunities to work within the Springboard Groups and with other local community organisations to rebuild their own resilience and offer encouragement to others.

Cheltenham Borough Council will work with partners under the Heads Up Cheltenham initiative to raise awareness of the 5 ways to wellbeing, culminating on 10th October in communities across the Town taking part in 5 ways to wellbeing activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The Constabulary is committed to promoting and supporting the positive physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers. We will achieve this through implementing a structured programme of evidence-based activity that develops supportive leaders and impacts positively on all aspects that contribute to the wellness of our people.  Locally all activity will be co-ordinated through our Supportive Leadership & Wellbeing Steering Group and nationally all of our activity will be assessed through our MIND (mental health) action plan and through the Emergency Services Blue Light (Oscar Kilo) Wellbeing Framework.

GFirst LEP will continue the work of raising awareness of both well-being at work and mental health awareness, ensuring there is no stigma in our workplace.  We will do this both for our own staff and the businesses/organisations we work with, across a variety of communication channels, ensuring our staff stay well and are mentally healthy.

To continue supporting our colleagues mental health and well-being, we will implement a series of stress management interventions aimed at improving working conditions and individual coping strategies to improve both employee wellbeing and organisational outcomes.

To openly tackle the stigma around mental health and continue work to recognise the impact on emergency service workers and improve preventative interventions.

We commit to re-launch our Schwartz round programme. Organisations that run a Schwatrz round programme deliver benefits to patients and staff.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will offer mental health awareness training to our staff.

A unanimous decision has been taken by all staff present that a weekly ‘Bring Your (well behaved) Dog to Work Day’ would encourage staff to connect and keep active (encouraging lunch time dog walks along the country lane near our office).
We have also been discussing having a mental well-being champion on our Board of Trustees so will plough ahead with discussing that with the wider board in the hope that we implement something meaningful.

Five Ways to Wellbeing and Tea & Talk event

To make and share a collection of ‘tear and share’ posters to promote each of the five ways to wellbeing for use in the workplace or any public area.

Look Again’s Director, Ruth Davey, is Mental Health First Aid trained. I will encourage collaborators to consider receiving the training as well.
Look Again uses the 5-Ways Too Wellbeing as a core part of its Mindful Photography workshops, courses and training.
Look Again helps spread the word about Mental Health support available in Gloucestershire by sharing into from MHELO, Alexandra Wellbeing House and Time to Talk during workshops, courses, projects and stands at events.

To commit to Mental health first aid training within the OPCC.

We have set up a Health and Wellbeing group within our organisation, the group will positively promote mental wellbeing and will run awareness campaigns including supporting National Work Life Week, World Mental Health Day, National Stress Awareness Day and Eating Disorder Week.

Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswolds will raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, and tackle stigma and discrimination through the involvement of mental health ambassadors. We will deliver in-house training events and participate in local and national campaigns which will lead to a positive attitude to mental health within our organisation.

To provide a council-wide focus for mental health and wellbeing by appointing Councillors as Mental Health Champions.

The VCS Alliance will pledge to promote good mental health within the voluntary and community sector via our communications platforms.
In addition, our annual event this year will be held on World Mental Health Day (10th October) and will provide the opportunity for the VCS to showcase the work that they do which promotes good mental health and wellbeing.

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to promoting the mental wellbeing of the population of Gloucestershire. We will do this through working with partners to ensure mental wellbeing is considered in decisions, policy and practice, as well as encouraging the use of evidence based interventions to promote mental wellbeing for all. We will further support partners by offering the Mental Health First Aid training course free of charge to employees of organisations signed up to the Gloucestershire Commitment.

  1. We will provide Mental Health First Aid training to our Members, Staff and Volunteers
  2. In continuing our journey to becoming a dementia friendly council, we commit to ensure that 70% of our staff and members are ‘Dementia Friends’ by March 2019
  3. We will train appropriate front-line services to recognise and respond appropriately to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by March 2019
  4. In designing our customer facing spaces, we will ensure that these are physiologically informed and meet the requirements of residents with mental health conditions."

Tewkesbury Borough Council will think about the impact of our policies and/or decision on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and will explore how we might mitigate negative impacts and promote positive ones. We will look into using a mental health impact assessment or look at building in one or two questions to existing checklists that support our staff and organisation to think about mental health and wellbeing.

Publica will think about the impact of our policies and/or decisions on people’s mental health and wellbeing and will explore how we might mitigate negative impacts and promote positive ones. We will look into using a mental health impact assessment tool or look at building in just one or two questions to existing checklists that support our staff and organisation to think about mental health and wellbeing.

Cotswold District Council will think about the impact of our policies and/or decisions on people’s mental health and wellbeing and will explore how we might mitigate negative impacts and promote positive ones. We will look into using a mental health impact assessment tool or look at building in just one or two questions to existing checklists that support our staff and organisation to think about mental health and wellbeing.

Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will continue to work with partners to promote the importance of addressing the determinants of mental wellbeing, through embedding the work of GloW within the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Gloucestershire. We will lead the implementation of this new strategy which will ensure that promoting wellbeing for all and preventing mental illness will be a priority across Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

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