Joint Action for Mental Health
Meanwhile, as part of a European Commission project, the BKK Federal Association, non-profit insurance enterprise, in Berlin, leads joint government-employer action on mental health in six workplaces.
BKK has done a “SWOT” analysis of psychological health in its own workplace and developed a guide for managers and workers to ‘take the stress out of stress’ – providing a step-by-step guide to workers for improving their own mental health.
More Building Blocks
Dr. Shaun Davis, head of occupational health and safety for Royal Mail, has already adapted the CEO Leadership Guidelines into a form of more value to this professional group.
Sir Cary Cooper
Sir Cary Cooper has brought together 22 top employers in the UK, many of which have global operations, engaging chief medical officers and human resource executives to drive changes to policies and practices.
European Brain Council
An especially unique initiative supported by TARGET, has the European Brain Council working with Canada’s “Partners for Mental Health” to advance open discourse on mental health in the workplace.
In late 2016, TARGET was contacted by City Hall officials in London after the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced a new Roadmap to make mental health a priority in that great city and develop a more unified approach across London.
Inspired by similar work in New York City, the initiative is called ‘THRIVE LONDON’ and brings together partners across London to address six priority areas:
- Improving everyone’s understanding of mental health
- Mental health of children and youth
- Mental health and employment
- Suicide prevention
- Community resilience
- Vulnerable people
In Search of a Breakthrough
A Global Prevention Plan as the principal means to calm the mental health crisis that has reached around the world is now a plausible idea. We have new science with more to come. We have powerful business awareness as a basis for long-term investments in research, relief of suffering and economic cost.
The timing for such an initiative is right. Therefore, Mental Health International and the Chief Scientist of Quebec, will embark upon consultations internationally in search of what it will take to produce a breakthrough in the management and treatment of mental disorders over the next ten years.
Essentially, the prevention of risk and early onset; disability and premature death; business costs and economic loss; human suffering on a global scale; and the loss of productive capacity among women and men in their prime years of work. We aim to conclude this in time for the G-7 meeting being hosted by Canada in 2018.