World Mental Health Day 2018

On World Mental Health Day, it’s important to remember that around one in six people will, in any year, suffer from a mental health issue

BP has always provided excellent healthcare support for its employees but we are now taking further steps in the way we care for the mental health and wellbeing of our people.

World Mental Health Day 2018 provided us an important opportunity to change the way we all view and talk about mental health.

People are best placed to meet business challenges and make good decisions when they are energized, resilient, and confident and in good mental health. But the evidence is that nearly 70% of us - while performing well and managing complex situations - may find it a struggle at times.

This is why BP is expanding its employee assistance programme globally and improving access to a range of services to help managers and employees recognize and manage mental health issues.

We are also extending training programmes in resilience to equip our people with the additional skills they need to perform sustainably when working under pressure in fast moving and changing environments.

Dr Richard Heron, Chief Medical Officer, BP. VP Health, S&OR

Our employees have access to on-line learning and we support and encourages break out meetings and discussions  on mental health issues and how to  access additional support.

Managers at all levels are working with employee-led business resource groups to help BP employees everywhere show through their words and actions that they really care about the health and wellbeing of everyone around them.

It makes sense for our employees and it makes sense for the business as a whole; not only is it the right thing to do, but also there is a strong correlation between sustained delivery of business outcomes when people feel that their managers and leaders are genuinely invested in their individual well-being..

Developing the skills needed to navigate this changing and uncertain world is really important for every employee - being part of a happier, healthier workforce, and knowing that support is there when needed is not only good for our people but it also puts BP in a much better position to create the healthier future we will all depend on.

Dr Richard Heron, Chief Medical Officer, BP. VP Health, S&OR

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