Challenging the stigma and discrimination around mental health

Date: 26 May 2016

Robert Morton and Sarah Bolton after signing the Time to Pledge

We have made a special commitment to health and wellbeing by signing up to a national charity’s scheme to better support staff mental health.

Mind’s Blue Light Time to Change pledge encourages organisations to publicly commit to a series of actions that will tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health, focusing on the workplace.

At our Public Board meeting on Wednesday (25th May), Chief Executive Robert Morton and Chair Sarah Boulton signed the pledge, joined by Health and Wellbeing Manager Debra Winterson and Director of People and Culture, Lindsey Stafford-Scott.

By signing the pledge, we are demonstrating that we will introduce an action plan, detailing what will be delivered to support the mental health of staff. More than 400 other employers in England have signed the pledge and the third signatory on the pledge will be North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, who campaigns on mental health care.

At the moment, our staff can access various information sources and confidential services and we are looking at extending this range to ensure we offer the best possible service. Our trauma risk management (TRiM) process also helps assess traumatic stress and signposts people to the most appropriate resources, assisting them back to full mental health and return to work. During Mental Health Awareness Week earlier in May, we also arranged a workshop with Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service to explore familiar themes between the 999s about staff mental health.

Debra said: “We are passionate about looking after our staff, and are currently working on a wide variety of projects that will gradually form a wide-ranging service.

“Improving our mental health has numerous positive consequences for us all. By building resilience, challenging stigma and by signing Mind’s Time to Change pledge we can really build on the support for our staff."

For more information on visit the Time to Pledge website.

  • Summary:

    We have made a special commitment to health and wellbeing by signing up to a national charity’s scheme to better support staff mental health.