Equal Lives Mental Health Pledge

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Equal Lives has signed up to the anti-stigma mental health pledge on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

Equal Lives has joined the growing number of companies committing to end the stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental health problems by signing a pledge with Time to Change, which is a programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The signing ceremony took place at The forum in Norwich and representatives from Equal Lives pledged their support to ‘Time to Change’, promoting a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and welfare advice to their staff.

Trustee Penny Holden said
“As someone who has lifelong experience of living with a serious mental illness, and all the difficulties this brings, I am very pleased that Equal Lives is signing up to this initiative. As a Trustee I will always try and ensure that Equal Lives with all its staff, volunteers, and member groups, considers mental health in everything we do ”

Equal Lives joins the wide movement of organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including the FA, the Premier League, BT, E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Citizen’s Advice, Accenture, Shell, Pepsico, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England, Channel 4, Lloyds, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “It is fantastic that more and more organisations are showing their support in tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems. Employers and their staff can all play a part in helping to stamp out stigma and companies like Equal Lives are taking a lead.

“Many leading companies have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only has benefits for their staff but also benefits their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in four people experiencing mental illness it’s time for businesses to work on their approach and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.”

Time to Change is England’s biggest anti-stigma programme led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change promotes better understanding to combat discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems.

For more information contact Penny Parker on 01508 491210, email penny.parker@equallives.org.uk

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