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Chilrden's charity Barnardo's backs World Mental Health Day with staff pledge

By Hector MacKenzie

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STAFF working for a children's charity with operations in the Highlands are being supported to speak about how they are feeling at work.

The initiative from Barnardo's comes as part of World Mental Health Day and as ‘See Me in Work Partners’.

Staffare supporting each other to feel confident to speak about how they are feeling at work.

Mental health and wellbeing is a key priority for Barnardo’s Scotland as "an issue that cuts across all of its services and working practice".

Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland said: “The work that Barnardo’s Scotland undertakes with children, young people and families can be emotionally draining. It is absolutely vital therefore that our staff feel confident that they are working in an emotionally healthy workplace where mental health is talked about openly.

“With the assistance of See Me we are engaging with our staff across Scotland to try and make all aspects of working at Barnardo’s Scotland as positive as possible.”

Staff from Barnardo’s Scotland’s care leavers service Springboard and their employment and training service Barnardo’s Works Highland and Islands based in Inverness work with children and young people across local communities in the Highlands.

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