The mortgage industry mental health charter (MIMHC) is the result of a pioneering collaboration between the following co-founders; Crystal Specialist Finance, Coreco, Chartwell Mortgage Services, Landbay, The Brightstar Group, Knowledge Bank and SimplyBiz Mortgages.
The second signatory to the charter was Damien Druce the commercial director for Black and White Bridging.
Focused on providing practical help to businesses across the sector who want to boost the mental health and wellbeing of their employees, MIMHC aims to implement the recommendations of the Stevenson and Farmer ‘Thriving at Work’ report produced for the government in 2017.
McGinley said: ‘Our Company is a big advocate of supporting mental health and promoting mental health awareness. Whilst we already have mental health first aiders in place to assist our own staff with wellbeing, we know our sector can do more.
“We are extremely proud to become the very first signatory to the charter and share the co-founder’s commitment to raise awareness.’
Damien Druce of Black & White Bridging added: “Our company has always supported employee wellbeing initiatives but in light of the events of the last eighteen months, never have they been more important. My own Covid journey was a difficult one and certainly took its toll on my mental health.
“I am therefore delighted to support this excellent campaign and encourage other firms to sign up so they can receive free reference materials which will undoubtedly support their teams.”
Andrew Montlake, co-founder of MIMHC and managing director at Coreco Mortgage Brokers, said: “The pandemic has thrown the importance of mental health into sharp focus, and I’m certain that the charter will give businesses across the sector a helping hand in delivering best practice.
“We are pleased to see such a diverse response from our sector with building societies, specialist lenders, insurers and traditional broker firms all pledging support.”
Signatories to the charter commit to developing mental health awareness among employees, encouraging open conversations, providing employees with good working conditions that encourage a healthy work life balance. They must aim to promote people management through line managers to ensure there is a focus on wellbeing.
Signatories will also pledge to routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing through surveys and have a named contact for support.
The full list of signatories along with further information and support can be found at www.mimhc.co.uk.”