For Talent Point, It's Time to Change!
Talent Point has signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, we’re committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
The signing ceremony took place on Friday 25th October in our all-hands meeting, with James Shelley and Simon Mortimer (Co-Founders) pledging 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.
James Shelley said: “We’re committed to creating an environment where employees feel supported and able to discuss Mental Health challenges, without judgement. Just a few of the ways we’ll do this include: encouraging discussions about our personal experiences as a team; lifting the bonnet to fully review our company policies and practices to promote both mental and physical health; providing clear signposts and information to external support services; and supporting our internal Mental Health Champions. Above all, we commit to normalising mental health conversations to further support every Talent Point colleague.”
We’re joining 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 & 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."
“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits 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."
Established to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up about mental health problems; to talk and to listen.
For more information on how you can encourage a positive attitude towards wellbeing at work, visit Time to Change. Together, we can end all stigma and misinformation around mental health!