Tunstall Healthcare has signed a Time to Change organisational pledge to demonstrate its commitment to tackling stigma and discrimination around mental health in the workplace.
Time to Change, a campaign led by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, aims to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health and improve public attitudes towards people experiencing mental health problems.
One in four people experience mental health problems each year, and one in six employees will be currently experiencing difficulties. This can include stress, anxiety or depression – experiences that some people can find challenging to share with their colleagues at work.
Tunstall Healthcare’s signing of the pledge was attended by Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty, who said:
People with mental health problems deserve better help and support, this requires knowledge and it also needs everybody in the workplace to be supportive. The Time to Change pledge is designed to do this and to create a win–win through a better understanding of the help that people need and a better understanding of how to reduce the levels of stress in the workplace which can cause anxiety and depression. It is very pleasing to see a Selby company joining this important national scheme.
Carolyn Reed, Global HR Director and COO for Tunstall Healthcare, said:
We feel that all organisations should make the wellbeing of their employees a priority. Therefore we are delighted to make public our commitment by signing the Time to Change organisational pledge. For any employer, creating a healthier workplace is not only the right thing to do, but it can also improve employee engagement and productivity while reducing stress-related absenteeism.
Tunstall will now implement an action plan to support its employees to have open discussions concerning mental health difficulties. The company will also embark on new training sessions and a renewed drive to raise awareness and understanding of its existing policies and procedures around health and mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said:
It is fantastic that more and more organisations are showing their support in tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems. Employers and their staff can all play a part in helping to stamp out stigma and companies like Tunstall are taking a lead.
Many leading companies have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only has benefits for their staff but also benefits their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in four people experiencing mental illness it’s time for businesses to work on their approach and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.
The Time to Change pledge has been signed by almost 150 organisations since inception. It has also received support from Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, with 10 government departments and agencies already signing the pledge.
As part of the growing Time to Change movement, this year also saw the first Time to Talk Day. This challenged public attitudes by engaging with more than 800 organisations across the country, helping to kick start over a million conversations about mental health.
Photo: Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty and Carolyn Reed, Global HR Director and COO for Tunstall Healthcare