Wilson James has signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, Wilson James is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
The signing ceremony took place at the annual Wilson James Management Conference and representatives from the business will pledge their support to Time to Change with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
Gary Sullivan OBE, Chairman at Wilson James said: “At Wilson James, we all have a responsibility to look after each other and promote positive mental and physical health. We want our people to have the confidence to discuss mental health and ask for help when they need it.
Signing the Time to Change pledge is a powerful way for us to make a real difference. Our action plan includes a commitment to improve our wellbeing policies, provide better support resources to our staff and to encourage colleagues to normalise the conversation about mental health by sharing their own experiences. As Chairman, I will ensure that Time to Change works for everyone and that wellbeing continues to be top of the agenda.”
Wilson James joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.
Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employers to open up; to talk and to listen. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless, but with the right support, those of us with mental health problems can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life. Everyone’s attitude makes a difference and it’s fantastic to see organisations like Wilson James taking the lead.”
Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.
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Time to Change is a campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.
For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk