Employer Engagement – Geoff’s Blog
Over the lifetime of HeadsUp, we’ve built up good links with employers across Essex, ranging from councils to multi-national companies and even small and medium enterprises. Our aim is to show participants that employers and employment in general are not scary. Furthermore we want to show employers that engaging with people who have mental health issues is not that scary either.
It is heart-warming to see that so many people genuinely want to help our participants; the usual response I get when I approach an employer is ‘How can I help?’ So many of us have direct experiences of mental health, maybe personally or through family, friends or colleagues, that there is now more than ever, a level of empathy and a desire to make a difference. By engaging with HeadsUp, either as an employer or a participant, we truly believe we can make our corner of the world a place where there is no stigma attached to mental health. This has to be a good thing.