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Senate House Chambers

This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of developing a wellbeing policy, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives.

Senate House Chambers provides free and confidential support including, counselling and CBT, for staff and tenants, as required.

 

Chambers identified that members and staff were regularly exposed to potentially traumatic and damaging material during their work and has sought to minimise any adverse impact on their mental health and wellbeing in the short, medium and long term.

Senate House Chambers identified an opportunity to assist its team when processing potentially harmful materials to create a healthier and safer working environment.   Assistance has now been extended to include support for any mental health or psychological issue, irrespective of cause.

 

What did the Chambers do?

Senate House Chambers has created a Health and Wellbeing Policy which has been circulated to all members.
Chambers then identified a local organisation who could be easily accessed by every member and then agreed a contract for provision of services to members.

Chambers contacted each of its team members and explained the initiative, encouraging individuals to focus on their mental health and wellbeing and to use this service for any wellbeing issue that troubles them.

When services are used they are billed anonymously to chambers so that service users can be assured of complete privacy. Chambers has also instructed the provider (a therapeutic unit) to ensure that members appointments are a minimum of 30 minutes apart to avoid any member using the service to cross paths with another (maintaining privacy).

What were the results?

Members are using the Service, as evidenced from the number of hours being billed.

“Having identified a specific need, Senate House Chambers has introduced a great wellbeing initiative delivered with great sensitivity. Take up figures demonstrate they have pitched the Service perfectly. We look forward to seeing what Senate House Chambers does next.”

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Tips

  • When offering a therapeutic service ensure that confidentiality is robust so that members can be assured of complete privacy. Failure to inspire confidence in privacy will prevent some members from accessing the service. This necessitates a completely ‘open access’ policy as there can be no specific requests to access the service on a case by case basis. It is necessary to encourage members to engage with a therapeutic service.
  • Develop any initiative (e.g. a therapeutic service, or EAP) within a culture   that promotes wellbeing and good mental health, it should be part of a package of other social and personal support for members experiencing difficulties in their work or practice.
  • Also consider promoting other tools such as a ‘Calm’ App for all members and group exercise/yoga activities.

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