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7 Sep 2018
By signing, Thirteen is committing to change the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
The signing ceremony took place at Thirteen’s head office at Northshore, Stockton where colleagues 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.
Ian Wardle, the chief executive at Thirteen, said:
"As an organisation that's committed to maintaining a happy and healthy workforce, I'm really pleased to sign the Time to Change pledge on behalf of Thirteen.
"It's so important that we talk about mental health and face it head-on and I'm proud to be showing our commitment to mental health.
"Alongside our recognised trade unions, Unison and Unite, we're working closely with Be. Wellbeing to help improve everyone’s understanding and help to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems.
"And we won't stop there; we'll be building on the work that’s already being carried out by introducing more training and raising awareness sessions, as well as promoting our mental health advocates who will be able to offer support in person."
Thirteen 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 Thirteen taking the lead.
“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce benefits not only 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."
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.