College becomes Mindful Employer

Stockton Sixth Form College has joined almost 1,500 employers nationwide by becoming a Mindful Employer®.

Mindful Employer® is a NHS initiative which seeks to support employees and their mental health whilst in employment. It is recognised as good practice by the government and other national organisations.

By signing a Charter, the college is committed to be positive about mental health and maintaining a healthy workplace environment. The Charter also expresses social responsibility, improves staff productivity and helps retain staff who have perhaps experienced discrimination in the past.

The college, which employs around 80 staff locally, joined the initiative in January 2016.

Sarah Murray, who leads on Equality and Diversity at the college, said: “Stockton Sixth Form is committed to raising a positive profile around mental health issues and supporting both staff and students who may experience them in any way that we can.

“Becoming a Mindful Employer is just one step we are taking to further promote a healthy workforce for the benefit of those we teach.”

Notes to editors

The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health is a voluntary agreement seeking to support employers in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

A wide range of employers from all over the UK are involved in the initiative which gives businesses and organisations easier access to information, practical support, training, networks and assistance from other employers.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a UK-wide initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. More information at