Rightsteps to Wellbeing

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Turning Point Rightsteps Wellbeing and the Retail Trust have announced a partnership which offers mental health support to employees associated with the Retail Trust's 'Retail Employee Assistance programme'.

Retail Trust, the charity for the 4.5million people in the retail sector, delivers free and confidential support to employees offering everything from counselling and debt advice to employment law and hardship grants.

Rightsteps Wellbeing is now included within the range of services available within their Retail Employee Assistance Programme 'RetailEAP'.

Rightsteps Wellbeing delivers telephone based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to support employees struggling with the most common forms of mental health issues such as stress and depression.

The programme consists of an initial assessment followed by telephone based CBT counselling and self-guided help. The service is provided by health and social care organisation, Turning Point, who have over 25 years' experience in supporting people with mental health needs. Rightsteps Wellbeing is able to draw on this wealth of experience, enabling employees to manage their mental health and return to work (if absent) or maintain attendance with the additional support the programme provides.

Cliff Lee, from Rightsteps Wellbeing said;

"Stress and other mental health related issues affect one in six workers across England and Wales and are the most widespread causes of long-term work place absence."

"Rightsteps Wellbeing provides access to effective support mechanisms for employees when they are struggling with conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression, conditions which if not supported can result in absence and presenteeism. It is hugely important that employees are able to access the support they need, when they need it, to avoid their mental health deteriorating."

Richard Boland, CEO of Retail Trust, said,

"Having Turning Point on board within our retail Employee Assistance Programme enables us to expand the reach of our services, caring for those in retail who are suffering from mental health issues."

"Our partnership means we can help those who need it most; whether their problems are big or small."

If you would like to find out more about the Rightsteps Wellbeing service please visit the website www.rightstepswellbeing.co.uk

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Turning Point is a leading social enterprise providing health and social care services for people with complex needs in 200 locations across England and Wales, including community services, primary care settings, hospitals and prisons. For 50 years we have worked with those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health conditions, offending behaviour, unemployment issues and people with a learning disability. For more information, please visit www.turning-point.co.uk

Retail Trust is the only charity that looks after the needs of the 3 million people in the U.K who work in retail.

Launched in 1832, Retail Trust is the only charity dedicated to those who work in the retail sector and retail related industries, providing help and support for up to 3 million people across the UK.

Retail Trust offers a range of services including free counselling, free legal advice, free debt advice, free hardship grants, free course funding and retirement housing throughout the UK.

We offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP); a benefits package that helps employees deal with any problems. Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of Retail Trust. Our 180th anniversary coincided with the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

www.retailtrust.org.uk