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Employers and trade unions in key manufacturing sector support Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 15 May 2020 Chemical Industries Association employers and the trade unions Usdaw, Unite, GMB, Community and Prospect remain committed to ensuring that the protection of workers’ health and safety is vital.
Mental health is an integral part of this and is confirmed in the UK chemical industry’s Responsible Care® Guiding Principles.

During these unprecedented times of change, necessitated by managing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that organisations develop and foster an effective and inclusive culture for good positive mental health and mental wellbeing. Factors both inside the workplace and external to it, i.e. those personal to us away from work, contribute to our mental health.

As we approach the 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24th May), CIA Employers and trade unions are working together to:
  • Encourage organisations and workforces to do everything they can to promote positive cultures, and to raise awareness of good mental health and mental well-being - including signposting where support can be found.
  • To promote activities as part of raising awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), contributing to its central theme of ‘kindness’ in order to help everyone during these uniquely difficult times.
  • Making available to all, and encouraging the use of, the new CIA interactive Mental Health & Wellbeing Indicator Tool and signpost guide, which form part of the CIA’s Health Leadership & Wellbeing Strategy Series.
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 400,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

The CIA’s new interactive Mental Health & Wellbeing Indicator Tool is available here:
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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