Red Cards in sport are normally associated with bad behaviour, but we’re using it to show that it’s not a bad thing to talk about mental health in the workplace. Mental health, including stress, is one of the biggest causes of long and short term employee absences, so encouraging employers and employees to have more conversations will help limit its impact and improvewellbeing. After all, we talk about physical health, so why don’t we talk about mental health:
In 2017, we used sport to raise awareness of, and encourage businesses to talk about, mental health in the workplace. Using famous personalities from sport, we helped put ‘de-stigmatisation’ in motion, with the purpose of creating an impact within the business community.
In 2018 our aim is to get business to take action. We’ve put together a range of resources and tools, as well as launched our new Not A Red Card Awards celebrating businesses who are employing tactics protecting their team’s mental health. To find out how to enter, click here.
In 2017, the Not A Red Card campaign achieved:
Protecting your team’s mental health is about encouraging employers to start looking after their employees. It’s great to hear businesses are beginning to talk about it, but now it’s time to implement new thoughts and ideas to overcome this stigma. Just like sport, it’s about the whole team coming together to tackle mental health issues, so they can ensure better performance in the long term.
It also aligns with Legal & General’s holistic approach, and how for many years we’ve been providing effective support for our employees and our customers’ employees who are unable to work due to health conditions, including mental health. In 2017, we funded 3489 mental health treatments as well as helped over 360 people to enable them to return to work after being absent with poor mental health.
So start protecting your team’s mental health today.