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CancerCare wins award for mental health support of employees

MIND Chief Operating Officer Paul Farmer CBE, CancerCare CEO Neil Townsend, and CancerCare Head of Operations Alison Stainthorpe
MIND Chief Operating Officer Paul Farmer CBE, CancerCare CEO Neil Townsend, and CancerCare Head of Operations Alison Stainthorpe

[C]ancerCare has won an award for its commitment to its employees’ mental health.

The local cancer support charity won a bronze award at mental health charity Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards, held last week at London’s Soho Hotel.

The inaugural event was hosted by TV presenter, author and Mind ambassador, Anna Williamson, with the aim of recognising and celebrating employers’ commitment to prioritising mental health at work.

CancerCare was the only organisation from North Lancashire & South Lakeland to win an award among 29 winning employers including Historic England, HMRC, the Environment Agency and PepsiCo, with the results coming from a survey of 15,022 employees, including thirty eight staff at CancerCare.

Neil Townsend, CancerCare CEO said:  “CancerCare is thrilled to receive a bronze award from MIND in the first year of the workplace well-being index. As an employer, the welfare of our staff is at the centre of what we do. Making sure that they can work in a safe, open and honest environment is really important to me as the Chief Executive. To be recognised for effective people management and to safely say that the mental health of our staff is critical, helps us to ensure that the services we deliver to clients who are poorly and sometimes vulnerable, continues to be the best it can be.

We are looking forward to using this award as a platform to make further improvements and by working with all staff, our trustees and volunteers keep people at the heart of what we do.”

Every employer depends on having healthy and productive employees – valued and supported staff are far more likely to perform better and achieve peak performance. Research by Mind and YouGov (2014) found staff are experiencing high levels of stress.

Over half of those surveyed (56 per cent) said they found work very or fairly stressful. The survey of over 1,250 people in Britain also revealed that mental health at work is still a taboo. Nearly a third (30 per cent) of respondents said they wouldn’t be able to talk openly with their line manager if they were stressed.

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: “In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem. We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace Wellbeing Index.

In our first year, we’ve seen good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the thirty pioneering employers to take part. The Awards event provided an opportunity to recognise those forward-thinking employers who are working hard to promote good mental health and wellbeing among their workforce.”

To register your interest in taking part in next year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, please visit

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