Private equity investor NorthEdge has signed the Mindful Employer Charter as part of its commitment to support its employees’ mental health and wellbeing.
The charter is a UK-wide initiative run by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust that was created in order to provide employers with easier access to professional workplace mental health training, information and support. It also aims to empower them to take the lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff.
In order for NorthEdge to sign the commitment, it was required to agree to abide by the Mindful Employer Charter’s core values. These include providing non-judgmental and proactive support to staff, supporting line managers in managing mental health in the workplace, and being positive and enabling toward all employees and applicants with a mental health condition.
Alongside this, NorthEdge has dedicated mental health first aiders, and encourages its portfolio businesses to do the same. It also provides its portfolio management teams with access to resources and operating partners to help them build inclusive cultures within their organisations.
According to NorthEdge, it has an important role to play in ensuring best practice is prioritised and shared when it comes to culture, health and wellbeing, which is why it has invested in the mental wellbeing of people in its own business and within its portfolio.
Prem Mohan Raj, chief operating officer at NorthEdge, explained that the organisation has almost 7,000 employees collectively across its portfolio, which means it has an important role to play in making sure the company and the businesses it backs foster healthy, supportive and motivational environments for staff.
“The Mindful Employer Charter gives us access to training and useful resources, which will be hugely beneficial for us and the management teams we support. By signing the charter for Employers Positive About Mental Health, NorthEdge has made a public statement of our desire to continue to support the mental health of our people across the organisation,” he said.