KPMG responds to Theresa May's pledge to help schools and companies deal with “hidden injustice” of mental illness

Response pledge help schools deal with mental illness

A response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement today in which she has pledged to help schools and companies deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.

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Responding to Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement today in which she has pledged to help schools and companies deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness, Ann Brown, head of people at KPMG said:

“It is extremely encouraging to hear the Prime Minister acknowledge that more needs to be done to help those with mental illness.  One in four people in the UK experience mental health problems each year, many of whom suffer in silence.  Employers must take the issue of mental health in the workplace seriously in order to ensure their employees feel supported and able to do their jobs.

“Recognising that those at school level, and those entering the world of work, may need additional assistance from teachers and employers in order to gain the confidence to address their own mental health issues is extremely important. More open and honest communication and training in order to address these issues is a must.

“At KPMG we pride ourselves on being an inclusive business and encourage our colleagues to bring their whole selves to work, but we know continuous improvement is needed.  We are currently rolling out inclusive leadership training to our partners throughout the country, and last year Tony Cates, Head of IMG, was invited to Downing Street to speak to the Prime Minister about our approach to tackling mental health issues.  We are proud to be part of the driving force ensuring that mental health is recognised as a real health issue and not secondary to physical health.”

Jessica Carmody, Head of the KPMG Be Mindful Network adds:

“Through the Be Mindful network we offer peer support to our members and encourage them to be more aware of their own mental health and the mental health of those around them.  We welcome measures that promote support for those suffering from mental health problems.  I know from experience, and our network members will verify, that having a supportive workplace makes a vital difference to our mental health. Additional training for anyone in the workplace about mental health is a positive step towards progress in this area.  However we are all able to be supportive of our colleagues regardless of our level of knowledge of mental health. Showing kindness, consideration and respect makes a real difference to those who are suffering, we can all play our part in lessening the stigma of mental health and supporting our colleagues.”

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