Signs up to the Time to Change pledge

PeoplePlus signs up to the Time to Change pledge.

PeoplePlus is committed to being an organisation that changes the way mental health is addressed in the workplace. Today (10th October) is widely recognised as World Mental Health Day, and PeoplePlus has committed to Time to Change, by signing the pledge.

Time to Change is the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. It focuses on tackling mental health discrimination in the workplace and in our communities. An already wide movement of over 450 organisations 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.

Making an open commitment to Time to Change and mental health awareness is really important to PeoplePlus. By creating an open culture, we can understand more about the causes of mental illness, the impacts on peoples’ lives and how we can tackle discrimination by supporting our colleagues, clients and service users.

HR Director Ruth Stockall comments: “Our key aim is to ensure we are an organisation where everyone feels safe and supported in these conversations and they can get help when they need it.”

As part of signing the pledge, we have committed to an action plan that includes:

• Providing a culture and understanding that mental health issues can be discussed openly and without judgement
• Training 100 mental health first aiders across all areas of PeoplePlus
• Providing mental health awareness advice to all our colleagues

PeoplePlus Cymru signed the Time to Change Wales pledge in January this year and MD Simon Rouse notes “This matters a great deal to our mission of making a direct difference to the lives of 1 million people by 2022, and to make PeoplePlus a great place to work, so I am really pleased we are making this pledge in England.”

For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk.



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