Mental health services ‘broken and heading for crisis’

Staff are burnt out and ‘leaving in droves‘ UNISON health delegates are told

Cutbacks in mental health care to blame for staff wanting to quit

Findings are based on a new survey, Mental Health Matters, of more than 600 employees across the UK who mainly work in the NHS.

Community members call for good mental health policies

‘No worker should be hiding their mental health status because of stigma or from fear the employer would not support them’

Black members debate how to tackle knife crime

On the final morning of UNISON’s Black member’s conference, delegates opened with an emotional debate on the tragic toll of knife crime and how to combat the problem. Paulette Whyte for the national Black members’ committee reported that police had recorded over 39,000 knife offences for the year to the end of June 2018 – […]

UNISON responds to funding for crisis mental health services

More must be done to make mental health services safer and kinder places to work

Delegates voice the need for mental health first aiders

Disabled members speak out about the importance of mental health care and the role that mental health first aid can play

Police and justice delegates highlight disability issues

Conference discussed the importance of supporting and recruiting disabled staff and of supporting staff with mental health problems

‘You don’t achieve anything in the movement by yourself’

UNISON’s new president Gordon McKay talks about his ambitions for his year in office

Steep rise in reported assaults against NHS staff, says UNISON

Last year in England physical assaults on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published today (Tuesday) by UNISON and HSJ. The figures were obtained following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request – submitted by HSJ working on behalf of UNISON – to all the 244 NHS trusts in […]

Blog: Standing up for working people includes standing up for mental health

All too often, Mental Health does not receive the attention or the support, that other health problems do. Our union has a proud history of fighting for greater funding for mental health support, but just as importantly, for greater recognition of mental health in the workplace.

Blog: On mental health, there is so much more that all of us can do

We want to see employers ensure that workers are not overloaded by their jobs, and that they have suitable support systems to help them overcome difficulties – like well trained and supportive managers, regular supervision, employees assistance programs and access to counselling to help them cope.

Stigma around mental health must end, says UNISON

Employers urged to ‘take real action’ to support staff

Cuts to mental health leave staff facing violence and aggression, says UNISON

New UNISON survey of staff working in mental health services

Conference pledges mental health support for members

We should all be mental health champions, delegates hear as they call for expansion of programme started by Cymru/Wales

’It’s the workplace that needs to change, not the person’

Conference pledges action to tackle growing problem of mental health issues for local government workers facing pressures driven by austerity, cuts and growing demand for the services they provide