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Prince William to launch workplace wellbeing website in Bristol

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 11 September 2018 10:02

Prince William to launch workplace wellbeing website in Bristol

Prince William is launching a workplace wellbeing website in Bristol today (11 Sept).

The Duke of Cambridge will unveil the site, which has been funded by the Royal Foundation, at Engine Shed in the city.

The initiative, ‘Mental Health at Work’, will feature an employer gateway and online training to provide employees and managers a more supportive workplace and help break the stigma around mental health.

The website follows on from the Duke’s work on the Heads Together campaign with mental health charity Mind.

During his visit to Bristol, the Duke is expected to meet with representatives from organisations who have shown leadership on promoting good mental health in their own workplaces.

He will also visit companies based at The Engine Shed and make a speech to officially launch the programme.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind and António Horta Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Bank, will also speak at the event.

Read more: Engine Shed launches online tool to help South West's fast-growth businesses

Mr Farmer said: "We know that employers want to do more and are starting to see mental health as a priority, but often don't know where to start.

"The new online Mental Health At Work gateway will change that. Over the last few years employers have begun to take staff well-being more seriously and we know that many are doing great work around mental health in the workplace.

"Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work. All employers need to make it a focus and support their staff.

"It's clear from our research that when employers support their managers properly, it can make a big difference to the whole organisation.

"The gateway gives managers the tools they need."

According to research by Mind, an estimated 300,000 people have to leave their job each year due to a mental health problem.

It is also estimated that the impact of mental health issues costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion every year.

Photo credit: Ian Forsyth/PA Wire

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