Northland DHB are pleased to support the establishment of a new Northland Business Excellence Award, which celebrates Northland businesses who support people with mental health and addictions into employment.
This new award recognises the businesses who are actively working to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and addictions, by providing opportunities for people to join the workforce.
The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises those businesses in Tai Tokerau that are actively working to reduce the stigma and create employment opportunities for people affected by mental health or addiction challenges.
This Award celebrates organisations that understand the inherent value in providing meaningful employment and training opportunities that foster wellbeing and connectedness. They recognise the impact of creating an inclusive workplace and the benefits to the employee, their whānau, the business, and the wider communities that they serve.
Anyone at any time can be affected by mental health and addictions challenges, in fact 1 in 5 New Zealanders live with mental illness and or addiction1. People with mental health conditions are three times more likely to be unemployed, this heightens the risk of poverty and often compounds together with the other health and social challenges. 1
Inclusive businesses celebrate the resilience, and strength of their employees and recognise the value that their experiences can bring to the organisation.
To be eligible for this award, your business must have been trading for a minimum of two years.
The business must be able to evidence that they have provided meaningful training and/or employment to an employee or employees that have experienced mental health and/or addiction.
Opening date 1 July – closing 3 September
1Report can be found at: Health and Disability Commissioner, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Mental Health Services and Addiction Services – The monitoring and advocacy report of the Mental Health Commissioner (2020): https://www.hdc.org.nz/news-resources/search-resources/mental-health/mental-health-commissioners-monitoring-and-advocacy-report-2020