5 July 2020
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Breaking the silence on mental health

We have identified mental health as the issue we will support through our charity partnership programme.
Mental Health Awareness Week

Research shows that one in four people will experience a mental health issue every year. It is a very broad issue, affecting both children and adults, and covers a wide range of illnesses. We are committed to promoting good mental health and ensuring our people have access to a range of services that support positive mental wellbeing, both at work and at home.

Why mental health is important to Royal Mail

Mental ill-health is one of the leading causes of illness for our people at Royal Mail. Some of our people are either unable to work due to mental ill-health or they are struggling at work because of it.

Why young people's mental health matters

Sadly, mental ill-health is an issue that is prevalent among young people, as well as older people. Half of all adults who have mental health problems first experienced symptoms by the age of 14. One in every 10 youngsters suffers from a diagnosable mental health problem – that is around three young people in every classroom. Admissions of young people to hospital due to self-harm have increased by around 70 per cent in the last 10 years. 

Most of our colleagues are related to young people in some way – whether that is through having children of their own; nieces and nephews; or being carers of others’ children. Given the size of the issue, colleagues are likely to need support to be better able to help young people with mental health problems. And, if the younger family members of our colleagues suffer mental health problems, it will likely impact their own mental wellbeing, too. As a business we want to help ensure that the younger generation – who will be our employees and leaders of the future – are supported at a young age to overcome any mental health problems.

Our integrated approach

Our strategic partnership with Action for Children will be one of the biggest corporate charity partnerships for mental health in the UK. The partnership covers a number of key pillars: mental health training, awareness-raising, communications, pro-bono support, work placements and fundraising.

We hope to raise at least £2 million for Action for Children to employ specialist youth workers to deliver face-to-face support sessions for 8,000 young people aged 13–19, to help prevent them from developing depression and other mental health problems.

Find out more here.