"Today is an important step to providing better mental health and wellbeing support to NHS staff.
"A dedicated mental health support service and fast-tracked mental health referrals for NHS employees, were among a list of recommendations set out by Health Education England.
"We were delighted to be part of this landmark Commission and welcome its recommendations for change. Having heard the powerful testimony of all the people who talked from their experience, we are particularly pleased that the Commission has recognised the range of measures needed: from ensuring that everyone in the NHS has access to emotional support, through to specific actions to take after a suicide.
"NHS staff encounter a range of emotions daily and it can be the truly devastating situations that can often be the most exhausting and haunting. Dealing with these, requires a huge amount of effort and can have a big impact on someone’s emotional wellbeing. Having worked as a nurse for several years, I know how difficult it can be for staff who are dealing with trauma frequently. Better support to help staff through this and providing a safe space to get emotional support, is a very positive start.
"There has been a shift in attitudes towards mental wellbeing in the work place over the years, with more employees seeking help if they are finding things tough. Through our Wellbeing in the City programme, launched in partnership with PwC and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, hundreds of city workers across the UK, have been supported to manage their own mental wellbeing and help colleagues who maybe struggling.
"We want this report to be the catalyst for action, with the NHS as one of the UK’s largest employers, taking forward these recommendations is a matter of urgency. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and it’s essential that all employers take it seriously."