Mental Health Foundation statement on 'In Plain Sight' report findings

Commenting on the publication of the report “In Plain Sight” by ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health, Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said:

“The Mental Health Foundation welcomes the report and its six recommendations to improve workplace wellbeing and combat the destructive impact of bullying.

“Any charity will undermine its work if it allows bullying to go unchallenged.  We know from our own research that bullying can have long lasting effects on mental health.  As a charity focused on prevention, we applaud ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health for bringing this subject out from the shadows.

“All charities, ourselves included, must ensure not only that our policies and practices are fit for purpose to help our staff thrive, but also that leaders of charities advocate behaviour that promotes dignity, safety and respect in the workplace. Bullying must be addressed proactively, through hearing people’s experiences in staff surveys, and through a shared understanding of what is expected of people.  It is vital that staff have confidence in their organisation’s policies and procedures to both encourage disclosure of bullying behaviour and to deal with such behaviour effectively. 

“We would welcome the opportunity to play our part in any sector wide discussion on how we can combat bullying in charities going forward.”