Time for Change encourage people to talk about Mental Health in the workplace

Nottingham City Health and Wellbeing Board are committing to changing the way we view mental health in the workplace with the Time to Change pledge.

Currently in Nottingham, more than 110,000 adults aged over 16 will experience mental health problems.

Time to Change is a growing social movement that has already reached millions and begun to improve attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.

Nottingham Time to Change Hub, hosted by Nottingham City Council and co-ordinated by Self Help UK, was first launched in March 2018.

Dr. Carly Smith, a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS, said: “I am responsible for helping people understand more about how they can respond better to difficult thoughts and feelings at home and in the work place.

“As a result people are sharing this knowledge with colleagues and helping them to become aware of their own distress.”

Since 2018 it has supported more than 70 people to become Time to Change Champions, whose role is to encourage their peers to openly talk about mental health.

Dr. Smith added: “I think having this system in place in the workplace is vital for raising awareness that mental health affects everyone and that we are all in the same position irrespective of job role.

“It definitely helps to reduce stigma and increase normality around getting support.”

Time for Change are currently working with more than 30 local employers to put the scheme in place.

Why should organisations should sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge?

  • One in four British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
  • Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
  • Looking after the mental health of employees makes business sense: tackling stigma can make a real difference for sickness absence rates, staff wellbeing, productivity and retention.
  • Since signing the Employer Pledge, 95 per cent of employers said it has had a positive impact on their organisation.