April is National Stress Awareness Month. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of adults in the UK have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Appropriately, Christies Care has recently reaffirmed its commitment to our employees’ Mental Health.

As an employer, Christies Care recognise that, in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination. We are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues are able to talk about mental health.

We are also committed to ensuring that our employees feel safe in disclosing any mental health conditions – and confident that they will be properly supported and offered reasonable adjustments when required.

Since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004, a total of 2,064 employers in the UK, have at some point been a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.

The Charter is completely voluntary – it is not an accreditation, award or a set of quality standards.

By signing-up, Christies Care have made an ongoing commitment to:

  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental ill health.
  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health condition will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  • Show a positive and enabling attitude to all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
  • Ensure all line managers have access to information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health conditions and The Equality Act 2010 – and given the appropriate interview skills.
  • Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against. And that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.

Getting help

Our carer support lines are open to help our carers at all times for day to day issues.

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority.

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Want to be a live-in carer with Christies Care?

We’re extremely proud of the excellent standard of care our carers give to their clients.

This is a result of our rigorous application and selection process. And the free, award-winning training our carers undertake, both as new carers to be and when they return yearly for their update training.

We offer the longest and most comprehensive training in the UK live-in care sector. And we’re constantly improving and updating so our carers are fully prepared and capable of facing the challenges of being a live-in carer.

This is reflected in our attainment of both the Princess Royal Training Award 2017 and an Outstanding rating from the CQC.

To learn more about our training or live-in care jobs in the UK please click below.