A Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

At the Mental Health Foundation, we are committed to making sure people in the UK live mentally healthier lives. We know that to achieve this, we need diversity of thought, background and experience that’s reflected in every part of our organisation and the work we do.

We work hard to recruit, develop and retain talented people who are truly representative of our society. We welcome applicants from different backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives, and actively build diversity, equity and inclusion into our work.

We do this by:

  • Having the Chair of our Board and a Senior Sponsor responsible for diversity and inclusion
  • Setting Foundation-wide anti-racist, bias-free diversity and inclusion objectives
  • Measuring and reporting on our performance on a regular basis
  • Having diverse interview panels who have taken part in unconscious bias training
  • Measuring diversity throughout the recruitment process
  • Making reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process and in the workplace
  • Ensuring that all applicants who have a disability and meet the minimum essential criteria are guaranteed an interview
  • Using diverse job boards where possible
  • 121 and group coaching opportunities for staff
  • Investing in customised and inclusive learning and development for staff
  • Mental health and well-being training for all staff
  • We are signatories of the Disability Confident Scheme, Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and ACEVO diversity in leadership principles

Fostering a sense of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and can bring their true self to work is a priority for us. It is important that staff from all backgrounds with different lived experiences can share their experiences, as well as listen to, and understand their colleagues better, in line with our continuous learning culture. We have done this through reverse mentoring, Peer Inclusion Group listening sessions and we continue to work with our staff to ensure diverse insights and experiences inform our decision-marking.

We also recognise that having engaged teams is crucial to our organisational, team and personal success. Ways in which we make sure that our staff team remain engaged and that their voices are included are by carrying out staff surveys, working with our Employee Resource Groups and a Staff Engagement Group, with representatives from each team across the organisation.

Find out more about our big commitments.

Recruitment Monitoring

We are committed to compliance with all aspects of equality legislation and work hard to build on this across all employment policies and practices. We prioritise providing an inclusive recruitment experience and supportive working environment that is welcoming of people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities.

While not mandatory, we encourage all applicants to complete our equal opportunities monitoring form. Good quality data helps us hold ourselves to account and assess our performance.

During the recruitment process, we invite you to complete the equal opportunities monitoring form when you apply for a job and again, if you join us. All your personal data is confidential and anonymised into statistical information by restricted authorised personnel for monitoring purposes only. You will never be identifiable as this data is stored, accessed and handled in accordance with Data Protection Act (2018) best practice. You are not disadvantaged in any way should you choose not to complete the form.

On occasion, we use recruitment agencies who we ensure are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion too.