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BHT signed an employer pledge with Time to Change on 10 October, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, the theme of which is mental health in the workplace.
The growing social movement, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, BHT is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
The signing ceremony took place at BHT’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service in Brighton on 10 October. BHT’s Chair, Joan Mortimer, and Chief Executive, Andy Winter, pledged 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.
BHT joined 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.
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We want to continue to develop a healthy, inspired, motivated, confident, happy and resilient workforce by providing meaningful opportunities for reflection, peer support, development and learning.
We are committed to challenging the stigma surrounding mental health for clients, staff in the workplace, and in society as a whole. Mental wellbeing is a core feature of the work we do , and we want to strengthen the culture where we all look out for each other.
Sharon Munnings, BHT Senior Manager, Mental Health services and Time to Change Lead
BHT is not just a leading provider in specialised mental health services for clients, we also recognise that our employees may experience periods of mental or physical ill-health.
Joining the Time to Change campaign demonstrates our further commitment to improving staff wellbeing and removing the stigma associated with mental health. This standard builds on our values and positive organisational culture, supporting the lives of all employees experiencing mental health issues in the workplace.
I would recommend that all organisations sign the Time to Change employer pledge.
Daniel O’Connell, BHT Head of Human Resources and Learning and Development
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 Brighton Housing Trust taking the lead.
Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention.
With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness it’s time for businesses to make a change and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.
Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change