Time To Change
For Time to Talk Day on 6 February, we’re choosing to talk about mental health.
Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work. However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it.
In 2017, we signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of this organisation.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.
As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day. Taking place on Thursday 6 February, this is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health. Here are some ideas for how to get the conversation started:
- Walk and talk: Organise a lunchtime walk and talk to encourage your colleagues to get outside and have conversations.
- Pledge wall: Set up a board somewhere visible, so that staff can stick up their pledges to change the way we all think and act about mental health.
- Download Time to Talk posters and leaflets and display them in your workplace.
We want everyone who works here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it.
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides a free, confidential line you can call if you need to talk to someone about any personal or work-related matters: 0845 1201 421, quote: 72016
We also have a dedicated team of Mental Health First Aiders who can support you if you’re experiencing a mental health issue. A list of the Mental Health First Aiders can be found on posters on-site or in the published resources folder on the Z drive.
Of course, you can also lean on the amazing work of charities such as these:
Samaritans (116 123)
Mind (0300 123 3393)