LRD Booklets June 2019

Workplace action on mental health - a trade union guide

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Introduction

Introduction
 [page 3] (443 words)

Mental health and ill health has soared up the news agenda in recent times, but people experiencing mental health problems are still facing numerous ...
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Chapter 1

1. Mental health and ill health
 [ch 1: page 4] (173 words)

The World Health Organisation says that “mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder” but is “a state of wellbeing in which every ...
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What is mental ill health?
 [ch 1: pages 4-5] (449 words)

Neurodiversity
 [ch 1: page 5] (157 words)

Groups particularly affected
 [ch 1: page 6] (331 words)

Social model of disability
 [ch 1: page 7] (179 words)

Chapter 2

2. Mental health is a workplace issue
 [ch 2: pages 8-10] (1,139 words)

In January 2017, as prime minister, Theresa May commissioned an independent review into workplace mental health. It was led by Lord Dennis Stevenson, ...
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Work and suicide
 [ch 2: page 10] (329 words)

Chapter 3

3. The union role
 [ch 3: page 11] (61 words)

Union reps and other branch and workplace union activists are in a good position to raise awareness of mental health issues in their workplaces, to ...
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Raising awareness
 [ch 3: pages 11-12] (353 words)

A ‘listening ear’
 [ch 3: page 12] (435 words)

Chapter 4

4. The law and mental health
 [ch 4: page 13] (145 words)

This Chapter sets out the main legislation covering mental health at work, indicating how it can be utilised by union reps seeking to negotiate over ...
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The Equality Act 2010 
 [ch 4: page 13] (169 words)

Other legal routes to protection
 [ch 4: page 13] (108 words)

Mental health and the EA 10
 [ch 4: page 14] (421 words)

Disclosure of health conditions
 [ch 4: pages 15] (220 words)

Does the member have a disability?
 [ch 4: pages 15-17] (776 words)

Does the employer know about the disability? 
 [ch 4: page 17] (216 words)

Direct disability discrimination 
 [ch 4: pages 17-18] (186 words)

Harassment 
 [ch 4: page 18] (121 words)

Victimisation 
 [ch 4: page 18] (93 words)

Unfavourable treatment in ‘consequence’ of disability
 [ch 4: pages 18-20] (635 words)

Duty to make reasonable adjustments 
 [ch 4: pages 20-21] (578 words)

Health and safety law 
 [ch 4: page 21] (209 words)

Risk assessment
 [ch 4: pages 21-22] (353 words)

Chapter 5

5. Making the business case to employers
 [ch 5: pages 23-25] (1,189 words)

While a number of employers have taken on board the importance of staff mental wellbeing in recent times, there are plenty for whom the moral and ...
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Chapter 6

6. Mental health policies
 [ch 6: page 26] (374 words)

As with many employment relations issues, an important launch pad for negotiating on mental health at work is to get the employer to sign up to a ...
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Public commitment
 [ch 6: pages 27-28] (531 words)

Risk assessments
 [ch 6: pages 28-29] (680 words)

Definitions
 [ch 6: page 30] (221 words)

Early indicators
 [ch 6: pages 30-31] (185 words)

Roles and responsibilities
 [ch 6: page 31] (208 words)

Links with other policies/procedures
 [ch 6: page 31] (184 words)

Chapter 7

7. Making sure policies are implemented
 [ch 7: page 32] (38 words)

An employer may have a progressive mental health policy on paper but that means nothing if it is not understood and implemented in practice ...
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Action plans
 [ch 7: pages 32-33] (578 words)

Line manager training
 [ch 7: pages 33-35] (710 words)

Mental Health First Aid training
 [ch 7: pages 35-36] (802 words)

Avoiding an employer’s ‘resilience’ approach
 [ch 7: page 36] (107 words)

Chapter 8

8. Reviewing workplace procedures
 [ch 8: page 37] (102 words)

Mental health and wellbeing policies are generally only the start of what is required to foster a healthy workplace which supports people undergoing ...
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Recruitment policies
 [ch 8: pages 37-40] (1,256 words)

Sickness absence/attendance management
 [ch 8: pages 40-43] (1,221 words)

Disciplinary and capability procedures
 [ch 8: pages 43-44] (659 words)

Redundancy procedures
 [ch 8: pages 44-45] (317 words)

Other helpful policies
 [ch 8: pages 45-46] (186 words)

Chapter 9

9. Supporting individuals
 [ch 9: page 47] (179 words)

While Chapters 6, 7 and 8 looked at what union reps might try to negotiate with employers in terms of collective policies and procedures, this ...
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Reasonable adjustments and disclosure
 [ch 9: pages 47-48] (275 words)

What are reasonable adjustments under the law?
 [ch 9: page 48] (121 words)

What adjustments might help?
 [ch 9: pages 48-50] (927 words)

Documenting adjustments
 [ch 9: page 51] (93 words)

Disability ‘passports’ 
 [ch 9: pages 51-52] (561 words)

Representing members in disciplinary proceedings
 [ch 9: pages 52-54] (845 words)

Specialist support
 [ch 9: pages 54-55] (185 words)

Access to Work
 [ch 9: page 55] (169 words)

Further information

Further information and organisations
 [page 56] (316 words)

Thriving at work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers : ...
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