Dignity at Warwick Wednesday 18th November 2015 The theme of the event is Dignity in Mental Health Here are some top tips on how to ensure Dignity in Mental Health Join in the conversation around dignity in mental health http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/dignityatwarwick2015 Be respectful around mental health and conscious of the language you use, Do not use words like: If you are concerned about a colleague, take the time to ask if they are ok. Take some time out of your day to go for a walk or have a chat over a cup of tea – it can make all the difference to someone’s day. Mad Lunatic Psycho Mental What you perceive to be a joke may not be funny to others around you. Build a respectful culture If you feel you need more guidance on understanding mental ill health – attend the Mental Health Awareness course, available through the Equality & Diversity webpages. Encourage an ethos where staff know it is OK to talk about mental health – it will help to reduce the stigma Keep in touch during sickness absence to offer support and plan for return to work. Consider a neutral space (such as a café). Do you know someone who is experiencing mental ill health? Send them a card or see if they would like you to visit – mental ill health is no different to any other physical illness. Develop a work culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and issues such as bullying and harassment are not tolerated. Let’s stamp out the stigma on Mental Health altogether.