Mental Health First Aid: Michelle Joins Charity Sector Leaders To Prioritise Workforce Wellbeing

By Michelle Hill
06 February 2020

How can charity leaders help one another with their mental health and the wellbeing of their teams?

As a charity that supports emotional wellbeing, we don’t just do this for those that access our services, but we also aim to do it for staff. This includes volunteers, trustees, front line practitioners, administration support, marketing, senior leaders – everyone.

Yesterday, our CEO Michelle Hill attended the second ACEVO and Mental Health First Aid England working group on workforce mental health. The group which is chaired by Jules Hillier (CEO, Pause) will address the growing concern many social sector Chief Executives have over the mental health of their teams.

Among Michelle and Jules, the group included; Simon Blake (Mental Health First Aid England), Maisie Hulbert (ACEVO), James Watson O’Neill (SignHealth), Becky Hewitt (Changing Faces), Sam Budd (Bristol SU), Lena Milosevic (Red Balloon) and Kathryn Rossiter (Thrive).

The group discussed a paper, put together by Jules following the first meeting, which aimed to describe the problem the group intended to tackle.

The paper considered:

  • The vulnerability of the social sector workforce
  • The impact of instability and periods of crisis in organisations
  • The things that cannot be compensated for
  • The balance of individual and organisational needs
  • CEO self-care
  • CEO skills and development

The group also looked through Mind’s Thriving at Work framework to identify gaps in support and resource and shared their own tools that have supported their personal or team’s mental wellbeing, of which the impact of personal relationships was key.

As an organisation, Michelle notes that we will be reviewing our organisational approach to mental health at work and also says; 

Only 2 meetings in, I am already really valuing the time spent as part of this working group. Being a CEO can be a stressful and lonely job at times, but also one full of joy and satisfaction. Spending time reviewing how to keep CEO’s mentally fit and healthy is crucial.

It feels like something that will not only benefit me personally but the whole of the sector. And, as always, the opportunity to meet new people and share with other social leaders is a real pleasure!

Michelle Hill

Jules Hillier will be putting together a second draft to be shared with the working group, who will meet again in April.

To read more about how Michelle prioritises her mental wellbeing click here.

At our charity, we work with employer's to support their employee's mental health. If you were interested in working with us, or even having a quick chat to find out more, take a look at our Employee Counselling page here.



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