Mental health is top of the agenda for Uttlesford employers as they sign up to workplace pledge

PUBLISHED: 09:09 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:36 22 October 2018

Uttlesford employers have signed a pledge to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Uttlesford employers have signed a pledge to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Uttlesford businesses have committed to reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace by signing a pledge which is part of a national campaign.

Employers such as Waitrose, in Saffron Walden, Alloy Fabweld, in Dunmow, and Uttlesford District Council signed up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which is supported by Mind in West Essex, which provides mental health services across the area.

Time to Change is a national, government-funded campaign aimed at reducing stigma and raising awareness around mental health.

Shaun Pledger, from Alloy Fabweld, said: “When Mind contacted us about Time to Change it just seemed like the right thing to do. We are a male-dominated firm and we wanted all our staff to understand the issues and to know that they are supported with any problems they might have.”

Other companies who have signed are the Council for Voluntary Services, Saffron Hall Trust and Saffron Walden furniture store T Reed & Son.

Time to Change encourages employers to put in place policies to support employees with mental health conditions.

Employers then submit a pledge and action plan to Time to Change.

Mind in West Essex has been involved with the Time to Change movement in Uttlesford by helping employers develop their action plan and, on October 10, marked World Mental Health Day by hosting a lunch to congratulate those who signed the pledge.

Jim Brewin, the general manager from Waitrose and Partners in Saffron Walden, said: “We received first class engagement and presentation by Mind in West Essex, the team felt very supported and clear on how they can bring this to life.”

Sarah Bevan, from Mind in West Essex said: “95 per cent of people calling in with a mental health condition such as stress or anxiety give a different reason because of the stigma, so employers never really know the extent of the problem.”

If you would like to get involved with Time to Change on a local level either as a Time to Change Champion or as an employer, e-mail timetochange@mindinwestessex.org.uk or contact Sarah Bevan at Mind in West Essex on 01371 876641.

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