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Briggs is key note speaker at Wellbeing at Work Conference

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Scottish Conservative Mental Health Spokesman, was one of the key note speakers at a major Wellbeing at Work conference held today at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms. The conference was attended by employers, HR professionals, business leaders and consultants.  Miles talked about how government could support good mental health in the workplace and praised the good practice shown by PwC in Edinburgh who have a “Green Light to Talk” policy.

Addressing conference delegates Miles said:

“  I was delighted to launch my party’s Mental Health Policy paper a few months ago with Ruth Davidson at PwC in Edinburgh as I believe they are an example of best practice in the workplace. We commend PwC for its focus on the mental health and wellbeing of its staff through its “Green Light to talk” campaign whereby senior members of staff who have personal experience or know of someone who has had personal experience of mental health problems wear green ribbons to show other staff that they are happy to be approached to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

“ We want to encourage all businesses and organisations with more than 10 employees to appoint a workplace mental health champion to be a point of contact for other employees who may have mental health difficulties and who can signpost fellow staff to the appropriate support. Appointing a workplace mental health champion in each place of work will help reduce stigma and allow people to talk about mental health more openly.  We have appointed two experienced MSP staff members from the Scottish Conservative Holyrood team to be workplace mental health champions for our own staff.

“ More generally, we believe the Scottish Government’s 10 year Mental Health Strategy- which contains only a small section on workplace mental health- is a missed opportunity. Like many of the organisations involved in delivering mental health services and supporting those with mental health problems, I do not believe this strategy will make the transformative change we all want to see.”

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Miles Briggs