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Promoting wellbeing through positive mental health

Glen Ridgway Global Wellbeing Director - Jacobs

As the theme for the 2019 ‘Safer Highways’ programme is wellbeing and mental health, Jacobs highlight Mental Health Matters, the company’s Mental Health programme in the UK and beyond.

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t Jacobs we have a strong commitment to health, safety and welfare. Our safety programme, BeyondZero, engages with all staff to make safety a personal value that we live by every day. Jacobs’ safety culture extends outside the office walls, beyond the project or client site and into our travel, homes and communities. The promotion of mental health in the workplace is a natural extension of this culture, helping our staff understand, protect and sustain their mental wellbeing. To support this, we launched our mental health matters strategy in 2016.

best version of themselves on any given day. There are three main themes which are key to creating a culture where everyone can thrive: •Training and awareness - ‘normalising’ conversations about mental health is the key to allowing staff with concerns to seek appropriate help, recover more quickly and to reduce the risk of these concerns developing into disabling mental illness. •Building resilience - based on five ways to wellbeing, this builds on the programme of wellbeing events and engagement that is already in place through BeyondZero.

Mental Health Matters Strategy

•Improved support systems - includes the provision of professional help (e.g. our employee assistance programme) as well as improved absence recording and reporting systems to monitor the long-term success of the strategy.

We believe our people’s mental health is as important as their physical health. We recognise that work and life can be challenging and that for some of us that can include some form of mental ill health. We will destigmatize mental illness by making it part of our everyday conversations, every day. Our aim is to create a working environment where everyone can thrive. An environment that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing, enables people to be confident, effective and decisive and allows them to reach their full potential knowing that mental illness is not a barrier. This

Positive Mental Health Champions Fundamental to the success of the strategy is our network of positive mental health champions. Our champions are employees who are empowered to help Jacobs create the mentally healthy workplace we are aiming for by working with other champions and local management to identify and

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