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Speed announces Mental Health at Work Commitment Plan

On the week of Mental Health Day, Speed has joined forces with mental health charities and non-governmental organisations in the most widespread collaboration of its kind to promote a nationwide commitment on improving mental health care in the workplace.

Committed to ensuring mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of everything it does, Speed is proud to announce the launch of a number of new employee initiatives in line with guidance from Mind’s Mental Health at Work Commitment, to further support our team.

From focusing on personal growth, training, recruitment and social activities, the new initiatives have been put in place to continue to ensure Speedsters are nurtured and supported in the best ways possible with a dedicated Balance team driving the activity to help the team achieve balance in all aspects of their life, professionally and personally.

Here are some of the changes we’ve made to date that we’re most proud of:

Mental health first aiders – we’ve introduced two new fully trained mental health first aiders to the team who have undergone training with Mental Health First Aid England to develop skills in providing first aid to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Regular conversations – whether it’s part of review meetings, weekly cuppa catch ups with our lovely office mom-ager Hatt, feedback sessions with Kelly our MD or off the back of the ongoing circulation of key resources, we are dedicated to providing an environment that supports and encourages Speedsters to talk about their mental health and wellbeing.

Support for life’s moments – we know that team members will experience different changes and challenges from moving house, getting married, welcoming a child and saying goodbye to a loved one which is why we’re dedicated to providing extra care and support when they need it most. We also run regular talks to help our Speedsters better manage these moments and understand their colleagues.

Team involvement – wellbeing isn’t just a tick box for us which is why we provide the team with opportunities throughout the year to feedback confidentially on initiatives so that we can be sure we’re doing the very best for the team and all voices are heard. Working at a higher level, we also connect with other MISSION agencies once a month in wellbeing group sessions where ideas are shared and best practise is discussed.

Prioritising wellbeing – wellbeing is central to our performance review programme giving employees and line managers the opportunity to talk openly about mental health on a regular basis allowing us to ensure the team is supported as they progress.

Flexible working – not only do we offer a hybrid working policy so that each individual can flex their working life around whatever or whoever is important in their life together with additional early finishes throughout the summer, but we also encourage email kindness and acknowledgement that some of us work different patterns and so may not be able to respond.

Kelly Pepworth, MD adds, “PR is a fast-paced industry managing the always-on media and digital world, and while this is what makes its fun it can also be pressurised. Not all stress is bad but what we want to achieve is a healthy balance and an environment where people feel they can talk openly about how they are feeling and reach out for support when they need to.”

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