Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.
For our own staff, we absolutely recognise the presence of mental health problems and hope over time to encourage people to be increasingly open about these and to have the confidence to seek help. Yesterday, I committed PHE to the new Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge to promote mental health, wellbeing and resilience in the workplace. On Tuesday we also signed up to the Time to Change campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which focuses on stigma and reducing discrimination.
Over Wednesday and Thursday this week we were involved in a major test of emergency response and resilience arrangements involving every conceivable agency, including the military.
I would also like to say a warm thank you to outgoing Public Health Minister Anna Soubry, who this week became the first woman to hold a Ministerial post in Defence, and to welcome Jane Ellison as our new Public Health Minister.