Today is Time to Talk Day and we have pledged to change the way we think and act about mental health at work.
We’ve joined Time to Talk Wales to help raise awareness and end mental health discrimination in the workplace. We’re doing this by encouraging our colleagues to talk about mental health because we want them to have great days at work.
One in four people experience mental health problems so it’s very likely that you know someone who has been affected – a colleague, friend or family member. You could make life better for them by talking to them.
Nine in 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination. That’s why the more conversations we all have, the more chance there is of us breaking down the barriers and dispelling the myths. This will help to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that many people feel when they experience a mental health problem.
Jamie Smith, our Director of Research and Innovation, and Time to Change Champion, said: “We are committed as an organisation to think and act in a way that makes colleagues feel supported and safe to work through the problems they are experiencing, free from stigma.”
Lowri Wyn Jones, Programme Manager of Time to Change Wales,, said: “Conversations have the power to change lives – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem. Time to Talk Day is the one day of the year when we want the whole nation to have a mental health conversation.”
This is just the start of our work to help end mental health discrimination. You can see what we’ve achieved so far and what we working on here.
If you or someone you know needs urgent support, click here for a list of organisations that can help.