National and Regional RMG SHE Team/CWU Area Health & Safety Reps Meetings: (“Fixed Focus & Grow” – FFG Meetings)

National and Regional RMG SHE Team/CWU Area Health & Safety Reps Meetings: (“Fixed Focus & Grow” – FFG Meetings):

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Discussions have taken place between Dr. Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability and the CWU Health, Safety and Environment Department to review the current structure of National and Regional ‘Fix, Focus and Grow’ (FFG) events/meetings and their effectiveness in the current format.

After considering the options and having given the matter a great deal of thought, we have collectively reached the decision that the time has come to make some changes to these events. The changes take into account feedback from ASRs over the last couple of years and are born out of a need to make the meetings as productive as possible and maximise both ASR input as well as make the best use of everyone’s time.

To this end we have agreed to change the approach to the usual October events. Rather than having one big, national event, inviting all CWU Area Health and Safety Reps in Royal Mail Group from across the UK, held in Central London, we will now hold a number of smaller, geographically-based events – ensuring these meetings are both effective and engaging, allowing ASRs to input and raise any issues they wish for debate with more time available.

The new approach will we think be beneficial for the following reasons:‎-

1 It responds to ASR feedback about “everything always being London based”, the start/finish times being disruptive and too much travel involved for those located in the far reaches of the UK.

2 It allows improved, better quality consultation with both the CWU and Unite CMA Area Health and Safety Reps.

3 The new approach gives ASRs more of a two-way debate opportunity to input, be consulted and to have a voice that can be heard – as opposed to a front led lecture style update/briefing.

4 It makes more productive use of everyone’s time as events are closer to hand with less time spent travelling.

5 The events will cover both national issues but also be regionally focussed and more pertinent so more specific issues can be discussed.

6 Three FFGs will be established, North, Midlands and South with each meeting quarterly. Every ASR from all businesses and business units will be invited to attend their local event.‎

7 The Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability, Dr. Shaun Davis and his Senior Leadership Team/direct reports, along with the CWU National Health, Safety and Environment Officer and Policy Assistant are committed to a joint ‘roadshow’ attending one each of these events North, Mids and South.

Dates and venues are currently being considered for the new style joint regional events and Dr. Shaun Davis and his team, plus the CWU Health, Safety and Environment Department and the Unite(CMA) Health and Safety Lead are committed to these very important safety, health, wellbeing and environmental events and Health, Safety and Environment issues collectively.

A decision has also been made by Dr. Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability that after ten years, the annual Allan St. John Holt OBE Memorial Lecture has come to a natural end. This decision has not been taken lightly and the matter has been discussed at length with both joint sponsors RoSPA and with Allan’s widow. To preserve Allan’s legacy, the business will be introducing a memorial trophy “The Allan St. John Holt Memorial Trophy” that recognises the work of the SHE community. Allan’s widow has confirmed she is very supportive of this approach.

Finally, Dr. Shaun Davis has assured CWU/HQ and would also like to assure all CWU ASRs, WSRs and members of his ongoing commitment to trade union health, safety and environment consultation and engagement.

We jointly believe that we have built a very strong working relationship based on consultation and engagement over recent years. We would like to build on this and continue to take this relationship forward.

To this end, Dr. Shaun Davis is happy to consider invitations to attend and speak at ASR events planned regionally and locally. Shaun stated that he very much supports the great work CWU ASRs perform across all parts of Royal Mail Group.

[The contents of this LTB have been agreed with Dr. Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability].

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB556 National and Regional RMG SHE TeamCWU Area Health & Safety Reps Meetings (Fixed Focus & Grow – FFG Meetings)

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TSO Safety, Health & Environment Newsletter – September 2018

TSO Safety, Health & Environment Newsletter – September 2018

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Please see attached the September edition of TSO Safety, Health & Environment Newsletter. In this month’s issue there are articles on the following:-

• 1000v tool kit –product alert

• Contractors behaving badly

• Working at Height

• World mental health day

• Greater focus on health and safety for BT’s suppliers

• Near miss of the month candidates

• Near Miss Reporting

• No smoke without fire

• New fire alarm panels

• NISM stickers –fire risk

• Steps 1A update

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB555 TSO Safety, Health & Environment Newsletter – September 2018

SHE Newsletter September 18

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CWU/RMG Joint Statement – Shorter Working Week

CWU/RMG Joint Statement – Shorter Working Week

Please find attached a Joint Statement between the CWU and RMG which sets out how the shorter working week is being implemented and how the revised pay arrangements (i.e. increased hourly rate and subsequent flow through to other pay elements) will take effect.

The Four Pillars Agreement is a progressive response to the challenges of our time in regard to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Gig economy, unfair competition and unprecedented insecurity for working people. Yes it is about protecting our members’ employment, standard of living and retirement security, but it is also about protecting this great public service and it is essential that we keep our eye on the prize and keep moving forward as we modernise and adapt our working time, benefits, product offerings and operations with mutual interest.

The Agreement made clear that we were targeting October 2018 for the first one hour reduction (or equivalent benefit) and CWU Representatives at all levels have been working hard to achieve this. It was a monumental aspiration to get every unit, function and grade in position to deploy the hour reduction given the sheer scale of our operations and taking account of the many differing relationships, unique functional and local problems and start points.

However, you will see from the Joint Statement that there has been an excellent response and a massive effort by all involved and we thank everyone for their hard work. Unfortunately, not everyone has got over the line yet but we are offering as much support as possible to ensure our Agreement is deployed in those units at the earliest opportunity.

Whilst it was anticipated that some units would deploy sooner than others, we did not know how the PSP system would respond. The Statement therefore confirms that:

• The vast majority of units, functions and grade Agreements are now in place to deploy the first hour (or equivalent benefit) from 1st October 2018. This will benefit 119,500 employees.

• Those sites that completed all the necessary paperwork by 12th September will ‘go live’ with the first hour reduction on 1st October, with all pay rate changes reflected in PSP immediately.

• Those units and functions that were able to complete their Agreements by 21st September will also ‘go live’ on 1st October 2018 but payroll changes via PSP will not catch up until 29th October and will therefore be backdated to the implementation date.

• We have also secured protections for those who reach Agreement but cannot deploy for operational reasons.

Although implementation of the first hour reduction is clearly a positive message, we also recognise that there are still many reported problems out in the field around resourcing and culture and we are determined to work just as hard to resolve these issues and fully deploy the spirit and intent of our Agreements.

Any further enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Pullinger

Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

LTB 553.18 Attachment 1 CWU RMG SWW Joint Statement

Stoptober’ Campaign 2018 – Helping Smokers Quit!

Stoptober’ Campaign 2018 – Helping Smokers Quit!

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

As October is approaching we are reminding Branches of the national ‘Stoptober campaign’ promoted by Public Health England.

Giving up smoking is not easy, but the benefits are huge:

• Save Money – You’ll have much more cash in your pocket. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month!

• Boost your health – No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away.

• Quit for your family – You’re more likely to live longer and have more energy for quality time with your children, family and friends.

If you don’t smoke, why not try and support and reassure someone who does, remind them of the benefits of giving up.

If you need support to stop smoking there is lots of guidance on the ‘Stoptober’ Website at: www.nhs.uk/OneYou/Stoptober and the RMG ‘Feeling First Class’ Website at: www.feelingfirstclass.co.uk. The guidance includes advice on how to suppress the triggers that make you want to smoke and handle cravings.

For more information on wellbeing why not take a look at the ‘Feeling First Class’ Website at; www.feelingfirstclass.co.uk (Use the code FFC1 to sign up). The CWU Health Safety and Environment Department are encouraging RMG employee CWU members to ‘Sign-Up’ as a “FFG” Website member in order to utilise all the on-line Health Tools and utilise the full benefits available.

There are also lots of ideas for ways to support giving up smoking on the Stoptober web page. Visit the following Link:- www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB554 ‘Stoptober’ Campaign 2018 – Helping Smokers Quit!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2018

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK?

The three main risk factors for breast cancer:

1 Being a woman – over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women.

2 Getting older – more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.

3 Significant family history – this isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Breast cancer diagnosis:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, one person is diagnosed every 10 minutes.

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month around 5,000 people will be diagnosed.

Breast cancer and survivorship:

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the past 40 years in the UK.

Almost 9 in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more.

Every year around 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK.

An estimated 691,000 are alive in the UK after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is predicted to rise to 840,000 in 2020. For many the overwhelming emotional and physical effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

A Breast Cancer Care survey found 1 in 4 women (26%) found the end of treatment the hardest part of breast cancer and only 1 in 10 (10%) said they felt positive and ready to move on when they were discharged from hospital treatment. More than half (53%) struggled with anxiety at the end of treatment and nearly a third (31%) with depression.

Breast cancer signs and symptoms:

Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can lead to diagnosing the cancer sooner. This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives. A Breast Cancer Care survey found a third (33%) of women aren’t regularly checking. A fifth (20%) say it’s because they don’t know how to check their breasts.

Breast cancer doesn’t always mean a lump. Other less well known symptoms include a nipple becoming inverted or a change in texture of the skin. See attached Signs and Symptoms infographic.

Breast cancer and younger women:

Around 5,600 women aged 45 and under are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.

A Breast Cancer Care survey found just over half (53%) of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer have no discussion with healthcare professionals about fertility preservation options, which include freezing embryos or eggs.

Breast cancer and men:

Breast cancer in men is very rare with just 370 new cases in the UK each year, compared to nearly 55,000 new cases in women.

More than half (55%) of male breast cancer deaths in the UK are in men aged 75 and over.

A Breast Cancer Care survey found nearly three-quarters (73%) of men don’t check their breasts for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, even though the same number (73%) know that men can get the disease.

Secondary breast cancer:

Secondary breast cancer is when breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, brain, lungs or liver. It cannot be cured but it can be treated, sometimes for a number of years.

Two thirds (66%) of Hospital Trusts in England do not know how many of their patients have incurable secondary breast cancer, according to Breast Cancer Care findings. It’s estimated there are around 36,000 people in the UK living with the disease, but with such incomplete data collection, we can’t be sure.

Close to half (42%) of NHS Trusts and Health Boards surveyed by Breast Cancer Care do not provide specialist nursing care for people with incurable breast cancer.

Get involved, help raise awareness and fundraise:

12th October is Big Pink Day. Have a Big Pink Party on 12 October. Gather your friends, family or colleagues for a Big Pink party and raise money to help support anyone affected by breast cancer.

Whether you have a pink clothes day at work or a pink night in, your Big Pink can help make a difference. Sign up for your free kit at: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/the-big-pink

13 October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Most women are still not receiving the ongoing, specialised support they need when they are diagnosed with this disease.

On Wednesday 24 October Breast Cancer Care is hosting a reception in Parliament to mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, as part of their ‘Secondary. Not Second Rate’ campaign.

Invite your MP to the Breast Cancer Care Event so they can find out how they can ensure that people living with secondary breast cancer access the vital support they need.

For care, support and information, call Breast Cancer Care’s free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

Access further information from the Breast Cancer Care Website: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/

Contact Details:

Breast Cancer Care

Chester House

1–3 Brixton Road

London SW9 6DE

T: Main switch board: 0345 092 0800

Email: info@breastcancercare.org.uk 

Attachments:

• Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms Infographic

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB552 Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2018

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Royal Mail Delivery Office Recruits – New Starters Interim Weatherproof Protective Coat/Jacket Trial

Royal Mail Delivery Office Recruits – New Starters Interim Weatherproof Protective Coat/Jacket Trial:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Further to LTB No. 445/2018, dated 6 August 2018, this is an update to Branches, Regional Health and Safety Forums and Area Health and Safety Reps.

The new starter jackets are due to arrive towards the end of this week/early next week and they will be dispatched to the trial sites (see list below) once they have been through quality control at Dimensions.

The garment trial is for 12 weeks and will be looking at the waterproof, breathability and longevity qualities of the garment.

An agreed feedback form will be dispatched near the end of the trial and ASRs are requested to monitor the trial and ensure those participating complete and return the feedback forms.

List of final Trial Delivery Offices:-

• Barnstable DO

• Barvas SPDO

• Bognor DO

• Dundee East DO x 3

• Dungannon DO x 3

• Exeter DO x 2

• Forres DO

• Gosport DO x 2

• Newport (IOW) x 2

• Portsmouth MPU x 4

• Isle of Raasay SPDO

• Stornaway DO

• West London DC x 3

The current Stormproof/Weatherproof Coat is part of the RMG PPE Matrix. Should the ‘interim’ coat be retained post trial, it will be included in the PPE Matrix review and update which the Health, Safety and Environment Department will be undertaking with the RMG SHE team at the appropriate time, taking account of the trial outcome in consultation with the Postal Department. LTB720/15, dated 16 November 2015, entitled ‘Royal Mail Group/CWU Joint Statement and New Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Safety Standard’ refers.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB551 Royal Mail Delivery Office Recruits – New Starters Interim Weatherproof Protective Coat Jacket Trial

 

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TUC/CWU National Health & Safety Inspection Day – Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week – ‪24 October 2018‬ – TUC/CWU Guidance and Royal Mail Support

TUC/CWU National Health & Safety Inspection Day – Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week – 24 October 2018 – TUC/CWU Guidance and Royal Mail Support:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The TUC National Inspection Day traditionally falls on the Wednesday of each European Health and Safety Week and the CWU with Royal Mail Group endorsement will be supporting the initiative again in 2018 and the Health, Safety and Environment Department want all CWU Safety Reps carrying out Safety Inspections that day, engaging Safety Managers and Operational Managers and of course CWU Members, in the process. Remember – The law empowers Safety Reps with the legal right to carry out inspections and the law defines a ‘Workplace as any place or places where a worker works or is likely to work or frequent during the course of their duties’ – this can be a building, yard, customer’s premises or out on the street where outdoor workers visit, perform work or go on their delivery/collection rounds.

The Key Dates Are:

• European Health and Safety Week 22-28 October 2018.

• National Inspection Day Wednesday 24 October 2018.

This year, the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department is once again encouraging CWU Safety Reps to specifically consider Health and Safety Inspections at higher risk workplaces, areas or functions or specific jobs and consider whether the workplace is healthy and safe for all.

This year’s European Health and Safety Week theme and focus is ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’.

The TUC/CWU National Inspection Day is also an ideal time to discuss key health and safety issues with members.

Safety Rep workplace health and safety inspections don’t just have to focus on the tangible hard hazards such as slip and trip risks, fire risks, and work stations. They can also focus on intangible hazards and solutions that don’t have a physical presence, including shift work, job rotation, specific tasks, working environment and flexible working.

So during this European Health and Safety Week and National Inspection Day, CWU Headquarters is encouraging branches and their Safety Reps to ask members about their experiences at work and how these might be improved. So please carry out an inspection this forthcoming National Inspection Day!

The TUC designated National Inspection Day aims to encourage Safety Reps to conduct a workplace health and safety inspection. Remember, workplaces with active Safety Reps are twice as safe as those without.

Carrying Out An Inspection Will Enable Safety Reps To:

• Raise awareness of the issues;

• Identify issues that need to be raised with the employer;

• Raise the profile of their role;

• Meet members, hear their concerns, and ask if they would like to get more involved, maybe by becoming a safety rep; and

• Meet non-members, as issues they have or raise may present opportunities for recruitment.

• Offer members the opportunity to speak to a Union Safety Rep in private for a confidential chat.

Some Suggested Focus Points For The Week:

• Check cleaners’ cupboards are being locked, and materials such as oil and anti-freeze are locked away‎ in offices. Fleet and Engineering ASRs will check controls, safe use methods and security of all toxic and flammable substances etc.

• Ask staff if they have received the WTLL/Briefings for the week and check understanding by asking questions around what to do‎ with substances.

• Check the “Stay Calm” folders and Log Books are completed and in place.

• Check to see if the Asbestos and Legionnaires reports are filed correctly and are easily retrievable.

• Check knowledge of “Be Aware” processes.

TUC & CWU Guides Will Be Of Assistance To Safety Reps. See Attached:

• TUC’s Workplace Safety Rep Inspection guide

• CWU Health & Safety Inspections Guide For Safety Reps

• SRSC Regulations 1977 Brown Book TUC 2015 Version

• RMG/CWU Joint Statement

The guides are also useful tools for Safety Reps.

Health And Safety – Why Inspect?

The CWU believes that health and safety in the workplace is an issue for everyone. Every year, thousands of people suffer accidents and ill-health at work – most of which could be avoided. Look at the statistics below. Inspections are a way of identifying dangers, hazards and risks in order to control or eliminate them and so avoid accidents and injuries.

Key Annual Figures 2017/18

137 workers killed at work.

12,000 lung disease deaths estimated to be linked to past work exposures

2,515 Mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures.

70,116 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR.

621,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey.

1.3 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness.

0.5 million workers suffering work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

0.5 million workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

30.4 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.

11,403 Prohibition & Improvement Notices issued by all enforcing bodies.

554 cases prosecuted with fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million.

£14.1 billion is the estimated cost to UK society of workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) from current working conditions.

Royal Mail has endorsed the TUC/CWU National Health and Safety Inspection Day on Wednesday 24 October 2017.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB550 TUC CWU National Health & Safety Inspection Day 24 October 2018

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CWU Poster – European Health and Safety Week ‪2018 – 22 – 28‬ October and the EU Campaign 2018-19 Theme ‘Healthy Workplaces – Hazardous Substances’

CWU Poster – European Health and Safety Week 2018 – 22 – 28 October and the EU Campaign 2018-19 Theme ‘Healthy Workplaces – Hazardous Substances’

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Further to LTB503/18 regarding the above, the Health, Safety & Environment Department is circulating copies of the CWU Campaign Poster for the 2018 European Health and Safety Week and European Campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces – Hazardous Substances’.

The Posters along with the previously circulated information will assist Branches and Safety Representatives to promote this important European Campaign and European Health and Safety Week which we trust will receive your full support and participation.

The CWU takes health and safety seriously and European Health and Safety Week is a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work CWU safety reps do every day. We are asking our Safety Reps and branches to use European Health and Safety Week to shine a spotlight on this vital work to keep members and the public safe, promote better health and safety and highlight the role of the Union and our safety reps in achieving this. That’s why we ask our safety reps to organise events in their workplaces and to time things so that they carry out a safety inspection in their workplace on National Inspection Day, during that week.

The theme for the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace and to promote a culture of risk prevention to eliminate and, where that’s not possible, effectively manage these risks.

Many workers across Europe are affected by exposure to dangerous substances. In recent decades some substances, such as asbestos, have been banned, restricted or subjected to strict regulatory control. However, dangerous substances continue to be a major safety and health issue in some workplaces.

For the purposes of this campaign, a dangerous substance is any substance in gas, liquid or solid form, including aerosols, fumes and vapours, that can pose a risk to workers’ health or safety. This includes manufactured chemicals, process-generated substances such as diesel exhaust or dust, and naturally occurring substances used in work processes.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB549 CWU Poster – European Health and Safety Week 22-28 October 2018

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World’s First Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit To Be Held In London

World’s First Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit To Be Held In London

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The UK Government through the Department of Health and Social Care has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London next month, October, confirming an earlier announcement. The event coincides with ‘World Mental Health Day’.

The ministry said that the global meeting is aimed at helping countries to work together to deal with stigma and confront other issues to do with mental ill health. The summit will also look at the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health.

Ministers, leading academics, policy makers and patients from more than 30 countries have been invited to attend, bringing together the world’s political leaders, innovators, experts by experience, policy makers and civil society to share the most effective and innovative approaches to mental health and psychosocial disabilities with the aim of building momentum on global mental health issues such as early intervention, public health, research, tackling stigma, and promoting access to evidence-based services.

A key objective is to agree a global declaration committing countries to political leadership on mental health, with future summits being held annually, driving global action. The summit is also expected to help countries learn from each other to find the best ways to deal with issues such as stigma, discrimination and increased rates of depression and anxiety among young people.

The Department of Health and Social Care minister also announced the launch of the Global Alliance of Champions on Mental Health – set up jointly with his Australian and Canadian counterparts. The aim of this is also to encourage political leaders to raise the profile of mental health, decrease stigma and work together more across world regions.

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and by 2020 the World Health Organisation estimates that mental health conditions will account for 15% of cases of disease in the world.

Mental illness is also the biggest cause of lost economic output, with an estimated cost to the global community of nearly US$2.5 trillion a year, which is expected to increase to US$6 trillion by 2030.

The Department of Health and Social Care stated that when you look at the extraordinary prevalence and impact on people’s lives, it is clear that mental illness is fast becoming one of the defining global health challenges of the 21st century. Until recently, this hasn’t had the profile it deserves on a global stage.

The Department of Health and Social Care added that it is hoped the inaugural global summit can play a central role in changing the story for millions of people around the world experiencing mental illness. This is the next step in a journey to a new level of co-operation between nations so that governments can improve people’s access to evidence-based services and bear down on stigma and other factors that are exacerbating this crisis.

The Summit will be held on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018 in central London and will host six work streams showcasing innovations from across the globe throughout the Summit and developing consensus statements to be delivered to political leaders. The work streams are:

1 Children, young people and the now generation.

2 Caring Societies: Creating the conditions for inclusion, prevention and wellbeing.

3 A just society: supporting societal shifts, tackling stigma and discrimination, creating inclusive societies.

4 Mental health services around the world.

5 Research and the future of mental health.

6 The economics of, and investment in, mental health.

The Summit will also host the launch of the landmark Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, and secure the agreement of a political declaration to drive international action on mental health.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB547 World’s First Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit To Be Held In London

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World Mental Health Day 2018 – ‪10th October 2018‬

World Mental Health Day 2018 – 10th October 2018:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Introduction

10th October 2018 marks the 26th annual World Mental Health Day. In 2017 it was focused on ‘mental health at work’. The theme for 2018 is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.’

World Mental Health Day, presented by the ‘World Federation of Mental Health’, is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective and goal of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health are supported and can live better lives with dignity.

Each year we, the CWU supports this important awareness day, founded by the ‘World Federation of Mental Health’ to join people together across the world to campaign for change around mental health.

This year’s theme couldn’t come a moment too soon – mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Employers increasingly need to recognise mental health as a vital part of a healthy, productive working environment.

So this World Mental Health Day, we’re supporting the call for organisations and employers to take a look at their wellbeing strategy and take steps to improve the mental health of their workplaces and work with the Union to create healthier workplaces with sustainable policies.

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Depression and anxiety are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

To help mark the occasion, we’re raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. This is not just about this one day, which is a focal point. This is very much an ongoing issue of importance. 

Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World

The WFMH in launching this year’s campaign state that for young people, the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many young people are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Among young people, depression is the third leading cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours and eating disorders are also of concern. Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to young people’s health, both in the short and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.

Much can be done to help build mental wellbeing from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage and recover from mental illness. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school. Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders can be put in place, improved or expanded.

Investment by governments and the involvement of the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programmes for the mental health of young people is essential. This investment should be linked to programmes to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health and to help peers, parents and teachers know how to support their friends, children and students. This is the focus for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

The problem and dilemma

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude to exist among some people making it more difficult for those affected to seek and pursue help.

It is estimated that only about a quarter of those people with a mental health problem in the UK receive and undergo ongoing treatment. By stark contrast, the vast majority of people affected with these problems are left grappling with mental health issues on their own, faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty, seeking help or information, and dependent or relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

How can we challenge this?

World Mental Health Day helps focus on confronting this stigma through facts. Facts that help us understand patterns of mental health problems, their causes and solutions. Facts that help us break down barriers in seeking help and support.

What is the long-term answer?

The best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. For example, by raising awareness, providing the right information, guidance and support as well as guidance and support in childhood and adolescence, the chances of developing mental health problems can be reduced for millions of people over a lifetime. This focus on prevention is in part about what we can all do to safeguard our wellbeing, but is also about tackling the social and economic inequalities that can lead to a higher prevalence of mental health problems.

How can you help?

The World Mental Health Day message is the belief that effectively supporting people, family, friends and work colleagues, of all ages, experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Stigmatising and discriminatory treatment can be particularly distressing when a person is experiencing a health crisis. We all have mental health and by failing to treat people with mental health problems with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that everyone takes steps to safeguard their wellbeing and to seek help, as it can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.

Raising Awareness

The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognizing that we are really dealing with medical issues. Please review and help spread the news about World Mental Health Day 2018. Actions that prevent mental health problems and promote mental health are an essential part of the efforts to improve the health of the UK and to reduce health inequities

Attachments:

• MHF – How To Look After Your Mental Health

• MHF – How To Manage and Reduce Stress

• MHF – How To Overcome Fear and Anxiety

• MHF – How To Support Mental Health At Work

• Green Ribbon Pin Badge Image

(Hard copies Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Booklets/Guides can be ordered singularly or in bulk from the MHF at:- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications)

Green Ribbon Pin Badges

Order your green ribbon badges for World Mental Health Day to raise awareness and support good mental health for all. All proceeds go towards the MHF’s vital work, focused on finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems.

The green ribbon is the international symbol for ‘mental health awareness’. By wearing a green ribbon pin badge, you’ll be joining the growing movement for good mental health for all. Orders will arrive within 10 working days.

(Order at:- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/green-ribbon-pin-badges)

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is the only international multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education organization concerned with all aspects of mental health. It was founded in 1948 to advance, among all people and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. WFMH has been an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1963 and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and in formal association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Further information from the WFMH Website at: https://wfmh.global/

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

“There is no health without mental health”

18LTB546 World Mental Health Day 2018 – 10th October 2018

1 (MHF) How to look after your mental health

1 (MHF) How to manage and reduce stress

1 (MHF) How to overcome fear and anxiety

1 (MHF) How to support mental health at work

1 Green ribbon pin badge (image)

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