Responsible Business Week 24-28 April - Time To Change - Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted by Heather Clapton | 26/04/2017 | Category: Corporate

Central England Co-operative has signed a pledge to break the silence around mental health for all its colleagues.

The Time to Change Employer Pledge was created by mental health charities Mind and Rethink in 2009, with the aim of reducing stigma and discrimination of those with mental illness in the workplace.

Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common form of mental illness, and 14.7% of people experience mental health problems in the workplace. According to the Centre for Mental Health, costs to businesses for absenteeism for mental health based illness in 2009 were up to £8bn per year.

480 businesses in the UK have so far signed the pledge to tackle this form of illness, by allowing people to be fully supported at work, as well as reducing stigma.

The Society sees employee engagement as a priority, and is tackling all of this head on, by signing the pledge and providing 50 Mental Health Champions within the business. These champions are recruited to assist those with any issues people may have, support and advise as well as educating others.  Actively reducing the stigma and associations related to mental illness, these champions are there for staff to go to for support.

Martyn Cheatle, CEO of the Society said:

“This campaign is being led by Tracey Orr, Support Services Executive, and the whole Society is supporting activity regarding mental health awareness for all of our colleagues. I am pleased this is something that we are working on, as mental health is a subject that has had stigma attached to it, and that needs to change so that people can get the help and support they need.”

The Time to Change Pledge was signed by CEO of Central England Co-operative, Martyn Cheatle on 30th March, 2017