Mental health charity launch their Employee Support Service at St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

May 19, 2017 11:10 am Published by

The Counselling Foundation promoted the benefits of wellbeing in the workplace with their Employee Support Service at St Albans Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. CEO Robert was one of the speakers along with St Albans Mental Health Champion and Hertfordshire Councillor Anthony Rowlands.

Stress is the leading cause of employee absence in the UK with 13.3 million days lost annually and costing the British economy £6.5 billion or an average of £1,035 per employee per year this means that as many as one in four of us will experience ill mental health in their lives.

Robert Cuming, CEO said “it was positive to see many St Albans businesses keen to find out how to look after the mental health of their staff. It’s vital that employers create a positive atmosphere in the workplace that promotes a place where it is safe to enclose about ill mental health and not be judged or discriminated against and we are able to equip organisations to do this with our support services.”

The service includes a range of ways to take care of staff’s wellbeing with counselling, a manager support helpline and training workshops.

The benefits of counselling for employees mean they are less likely to experience sickness absence and feel more able to manage their personal response to emotional difficulties.

The Counselling Foundation’s Managerial Support helpline can help managers make informed decisions when dealing with sensitive situations in the workplace and can assist organisations get the best out of their staff and support managers especially when addressing mental health issues within their teams.

In addition, the Foundation have a wide variety of training services that can be tailored to an organisation’s needs from well-being workshops to stress and trauma awareness programmes.

Established in 1974, The Counselling Foundation has been partnering with local organisations in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire offering a support system to help reduce workplace stress and improve wellbeing.

To arrange a staff support consultation or for more information please contact: | 01727 86 85 85 (ex 113)




The Counselling Foundation:

Becci Murtagh

Head of Marketing

Tel: 01727 582602


The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health and educational advancement of our communities.

Founded in 1974, the Foundation has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside of London, with five centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage, delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions a year including NHS contracts across the counties.


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