Mental Health Workplace Charter Mental Health Workplace Charter

Mental Health Workplace Charter

The Government has embarked on an on-going mental health promotion and public education initiative (known as “Shall We Talk”) with a view to building a mental health-friendly society in the long run. The Initiative aims to sustain the efforts of the Joyful@HK Campaign, and enhance public understanding of mental health. The Mental Health Workplace Charter (“the Charter”) is a part of the Initiative and implemented jointly by the Department of Health, the Labour Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Council.

The Charter scheme has three specific objectives in mind –

1. Promote mental well-being at workplace including a respectful and positive environment;
2. Promote active listening and communication, encourage help-seeking, and facilitate early identification of mental distress and timely treatment; and
3. Create an inclusive and friendly workplace environment for colleagues with mental distress.

Website of programme: http://www.mentalhealthcharter.hk/en

 
 
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List of Action Items

Participating Organisation pledges to promote a mental health-friendly workplace environment, by completing a designated number of action items from a set of 12 action items to promote mental well-being at workplace including a respectful and positive environment; active listening and communication, encourage help-seeking, and facilitate early identification of mental distress and timely treatment; as well as create an inclusive and friendly workplace environment for colleagues with mental distress.


Mental Health Friendly Organisation(Completed at least 3 actions under Objective I)
A. Organise family and staff gatherings to promote sharing and activities for fun and enjoyment
B. Organise talks / workshops /activities to strengthen positive minds and respect in workplace
C. Promote information flow on mental health
D. Encourage help-seeking behaviour by providing information on mental health support services
E. Organise talks on mental health
F. Offer training to staff to equip them with basic skills to resolve conflict, provide peer support, and handle mental health emergency
G. Encourage colleagues to listen to each other and share mental health related experience
H. Introduce mentorship scheme to facilitate sharing on mental health-related concerns


Mental Health Friendly Supreme Organisation(Completed at least 3 actions each under Objectives I and II)
I. Assign a team / coordinator to implement committed measures
J. Introduce human resources policies to care for employees with mental health needs and offer supportive environment to facilitate recovery
K. Introduce measures to promote work-life balance
L. Offer job opportunities to persons recovered or recovering from mental health issues

Online Enrolment: https://bit.ly/3mr1QZw

 
 


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List of Activities
1. In-House Workshops
A. Mental Well-being Workshop (1.5 hours) - Instructors will talk about common mental health problems, assessment of crisis and handling of high-risk situations, skills on accompanying people with mental distress, and so forth.
B. Relaxation Exercise Workshop (1 hour) - Instructors will introduce relaxation techniques and guide participants to practise relaxation breathing or yoga.
C. Mindfulness Experiential Workshop (1 hour) - Instructors will introduce the concept of mindfulness and guide participants in mindfulness practice.
D. Floral Tea Workshop (1 hour) - Chinese medicine practitioners will explain how food ingredients help keep both the mind and body healthy. The workshop will mainly focus on floral tea.
E. Self-applied Acupressure Massage Workshop (1 hour) - Chinese medicine practitioners will explain how to harmonise mood and mind. The workshop will mainly focus on self-applied acupressure massage.
F. Art and Wellness Workshop (1 hour) - Instructors share with participants information on relieve stress and enhance resilience through art, and provide guidance in horticultural therapy or Japanese Pastel Nagomi Art.
(i) Horticultural Therapy           (ii) Japanese Pastel Nagomi Art
G. Wu Shu Workshop (1 hour) - Instructors will guide participants in Tai Chi or Ba Duan Jin practice.
H. Laughter Yoga Workshop (1 hour) - Instructors will introduce the concept of Laughter Yoga and provide guidance to participants in the practice.


2. Seminars or Online Seminars
- Seminars will be held regularly. The latest information will be sent to the signatories of the Charter by email and uploaded to the Charter website.


3. Tailor-made Mental Well-being Advisory Service
- Professional consultants from the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong will distribute e-questionnaires via the participating organisation for analysis of the overall mental well-being status of employees.
- Professional consultants will meet with the management to understand the participating organisation's current measures and difficulties in promoting mental well-being. The consultants will then compile a report, providing customised suggestions and directions for the company's future development.
- Subject to the need of the participating organisation, the consultants may provide follow-up service half a year later, to examine the participating organisation's achievements and progress in promoting mental well-being.


4. Mental Health First Aid Training Course
- This course introduces the symptoms of common mental illness and mental health issues, so as to help participants identify mental problems at an early stage, and equips them with the skills to help someone in need to relieve their mood and prevent aggravation of mental problems. This course is mainly conducted through lectures, and is supplemented with video, practical exercises and a test.
- Each signatory of the Charter is given 3 places for the course from 2020 to 2022. Course participants must be current employees of the signatory.
- Training will be held regularly. For the latest information of the course, please refer to the Charter website.

Enquiry

Email : mentalhealthcharter@oshc.org.hk

Mr Yip
Tel:2116 5677

Ms Leung
Tel:2116 5696