10 Oct 2018

Council signs mental health pledge

The Isle of Wight Council has committed to making the mental health wellbeing of its staff a top priority.

To mark World Mental Health Day, the council has signed the Time to Change pledge, which states employers will change the way they think and act about mental health at work.

Councillor Clare Mosdell, Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, signed the pledge with chief executive John Metcalfe, both of whom shared with staff personal stories of how mental health had affected their family, friends and colleagues, said: “We want to help break the silence and end the stigma around mental health.

“One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time.
 
“Nine in ten people who have experienced a mental health problem have faced negative treatment from others as a result.

“That’s why we have signed the Time to Change employer pledge.

“This is a commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level of this organisation.”

Ahead of the signing of the pledge, the council’s mental health working group developed an action plan of activities for reducing the stigma associated with mental health in the workplace.
 
John Metcalfe said: “We’re already doing lots of work around mental health but in signing this pledge, we have committed to a review of our policies, working with staff groups, introducing mental health first aiders and awareness training for managers.
 
“It’s really important to me that our staff know how seriously we take this issue and that they have confidence in us as an organisation to provide the appropriate support if it’s needed.”

Time to Change, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

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The council has signed up to the Mental Health Pledge
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  • Time to Change, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
 
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