Workplaces are getting ‘PSYCHED’ in Cork

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October 10, 2017
PSYCHED - A new Mental Health Promotion Award Scheme in Cork City was announced today by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.  PSYCHED will celebrate the efforts made in workplaces across Cork to support the mental well-being of staff.  This workplace mental health promotion awards scheme supported through Healthy Cities is the first of its kind in Ireland, aimed at making Cork a mental health promoting city.
‘I’m very proud to be associated with, and to support, the PSYCHED Award Scheme” said Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.  ‘As a WHO Healthy City we pride ourselves in Cork in supporting and promoting health where we can.  I’m delighted that workplaces are joining us now to in strengthening our communities through this PSYCHED Scheme.
PSYCHED stands for Positive Support You Can Have Every Day and its announcement is timed to coincide with the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Day (October 10) during the annual Mental Health Week (October 9-14).
PSYCHED is an initiative of Cork Healthy Cities, supported by the Health Service Executive, University College Cork and Cork City Council. 
Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychologist with the HSE in Cork comments: ‘We spend one third of our day at work. It makes sense that we should encourage and reward workplaces that support the positive well-being of their staff. We really want to stimulate conversations leading to a better understanding of mental health while celebrating the commitment, good practice and innovation in mental health promotion in the workplace through participation in the 2018 PSYCHED Awards.’        
Workplaces have the capacity to improve or impede mental health. A 2015 survey by consulting firm Mercer found that Irish workers were more stressed than their UK counterparts (82% v 74%); while the Small Firms Association - Absenteeism Report 2014 found that absence costs small business over €490 million per annum with 4,052,222 days lost in 2014. The report found that the main mental health issues that impact on workers in terms of absenteeism are anxiety and depression (13%), stress (7%), nervous debility/bereavement (4%) and post-natal depression (2%).

The PSYCHED awards scheme has three aims:
  1. To generate conversations in the workplace leading to a better understanding of mental health
  1. To encourage employers to engage with staff to promote and foster mental health in the workplace by setting goals for positive improvement
  1. To celebrate commitment, good practice and innovation in mental health promotion in the workplace through participation in the 2018 PSYCHED awards.
Examples of employee support initiatives range from activities such as Random Acts of Kindness days; organised group tea/coffee breaks to promote social interaction; lunch time walks for physical and mental health; to large-scale employee engagement and support programmes.
Application to the scheme is easy and open to every type of workplace categorised as Sole Trader, Emerging Business, Small-Medium Enterprise, Multi-National, Not for Profit and Public Service.
Successful applicants will be awarded the 2018 PSYCHED Certificate of Recognition.
All participating workplaces will be hosted in Cork City Hall in a celebration and showcase by Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald in March 2018. 
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