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ESF 3.193: Healthy Mind for Healthy Business

Spiża tal-proġett: €84,934
Benefiċjarju: Richmond Foundation
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Start Date: 2013
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project was an awareness raising campaign on mental health issues in the workplace. It invested in actions that focus on workers in a leading position within the workplace to equip them with the necessary tools to increase their knowledge on mental health problems in the workplace. Thus, this project improved the working environment of enterprises that do not have a mental health policy in place. The general public was reached through publicity measures in line with EC recommendations that agreements on work-related stress needed to take place in the pursuit of raising awareness in a very wide context.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To contribute towards the integration, retention and progression of disadvantaged groups in the labour market, whilst addressing labour market distortions.
Priority Axis: PA3 Promoting and equal and inclusive labour market
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Addressing labour market distortions and ensuring that work pays.

Project Objectives

Introduce mental health policies at the workplace to safeguard employees with mental health problems.

Project Results

The number of enterprises that refer employees to Richmond Foundation for professional support will increase by 10%. Currently 22 enterprises refer employees to Richmond Foundation each year, and following the finalisation of the project activities, this will increase to 25. This increase is considered realistic as these companies will be convinced to use a service for the welfare of their employees. 3,800 enterprises will become more aware of the new service. This can be achieved through communications to the members of the partners of the project. Results for Gozo - The number of enterprises that refer employees to Richmond Foundation for professional support will increase by 10%. 200 enterprises will become more aware of the new service. Projects partners will distribute information of the new service through emails, manual of procedure to all members registered in their databases. The project will formulate policy recommendations for adoption on a national basis towards the implementation of the European Framework Agreement on Work-related Stress between social partners of 2004. The policy recommendations will be developed on the basis of the audits that will be carried out at the start and end of the project, as well as the feedback collected in the course of the project itself.

Project Purpose

Raise awareness on the effects of mental health problems on individuals and at the place of work; and provide tools to support employers and workers in leading positions in developing policy and implementing actions related to mental health.