Encouraging a culture of openness and support

Acorn is delighted to sign Community’s Mental Health Charter, following its recent campaign to bring mental health awareness to the workplace.


Committed to promoting positive mental health and well-being in the workplace, Acorn will train two senior employees to become Mental Health First Aiders. The Mental Health Charter is part of Community Union's priority campaign to raise awareness of how mental health effects workers. Research suggests 1 in 6.8 people will experience mental health problems in the workplace*, so making the right support available is crucial.

Mark Rudge, Director of Operations at Acorn, said “The signing of this charter is a great way for Acorn to encourage a culture of openness and support for all of its employees.”

He added, “As an organisation we have a responsibility to ensure that we put the correct measures in place so that staff feel supported, our Mental Health First Aiders will provide a support network for workers.”

Speaking during the signing of the mental health charter, Community Branch Secretary Phil Silman said “This demonstrates that Acorn is committed to the wellbeing of workers, signing the charter is an important step towards breaking down barriers around mental health.”

National Organiser for Community, Alun Davies said “Mental health doesn’t just stop at the individual – it begins to affect everything around you from your closest loved ones to your daily work routine.

“Alongside Acorn we will now begin signposting people to helplines and local support centres in the hopes that we can assist people who are suffering in silence.”


  1. Lelliott, P., Tulloch, S., Boardman, J., Harvey, S., & Henderson, H. (2008). Mental health and work. Retrieved from gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212266/hwwb-mental-health-and-work.pdf
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