Metro Mayor Champions Mental Health in the Workplace

18th January 2021

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, is championing a range of resources aimed at helping employers support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram

The Combined Authority is running a seminar with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) on mental health in the workplace (on Thursday 21/01/21) and is signposting from its website to the CIPD mental health toolkit for employers, as well as a range of other existing resources, including training from the Zero Suicide Alliance.

Employers will be able to access discounted Mental Health First Aid Training via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Be More Skills Funding programme.   More information can be found from the Growth Platform’s Skills Brokerage Service.

Speaking about the initiative, Mayor Steve Rotheram said:

“This past year has been an exceptionally difficult for all of us and, while there has been an obvious focus on people’s physical health, this pandemic has put an enormous strain on mental health too.

“I would really encourage employers to take advantage of the resources available to help improve the wellbeing of staff. A healthier, happier workforce is a more productive workforce too.

“I want everybody to know that it’s okay to be not okay. You are not alone. There is support out there and I hope that by raising awareness more people feel comfortable coming forward and getting the support they need.”

Acting Mayor of Liverpool Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Employment, Education and Skills, said:

“The role of employers in promoting mental wellbeing among their employees has always been crucial but has perhaps become even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The key message we have for employers is that there are resources easily available out there that can help you to support the mental health and wellbeing of your employees.  That’s not just good for them, it is good for you and your business.

“In these difficult times it is imperative that we all take time to look out for one another and that applies to the workplace as much as anywhere else.”

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority/CIPD Mental Health in the Workplace seminar will take place on Thursday 21 January at 4pm.  To book your place, visit

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