Breaking the silence around mental health
We want to help break the silence and end the stigma around mental health. That’s why we have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
This is our commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level of our organisation. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. Nine in ten people who have experienced a mental health problem have unfortunately also faced negative treatment from others as a result.
Mike Regnier, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Building Society, comments:
Our colleagues obviously have a key role to play in looking after our members day-to-day, and helping us to achieve our longer-term plans. To support them we have established a comprehensive wellbeing programme focusing on mental and physical health which aims to help our colleagues to stay well and to support them when they’re not.
We are proud to sign the Time to Change Employer pledge as confirmation of what we’ve done so far and our commitment to the future wellbeing of all of our colleagues. As part of signing this pledge we have committed to providing mental health awareness training for all of our colleagues, as well as a bespoke ‘managing mental health at work’ training programme for managers in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation.
In order to sign the Pledge our action plan includes:
- continuing to share resources through our wellbeing intranet pages
- updating our absence management policies and procedures to include more information on mental health
- providing mental health awareness training for all colleagues; and providing ‘PRESUME: managing mental health at work’ training for managers in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation
To mark our signing of the Time to Change Employer Pledge, and World Mental Health Day, colleagues have shared their stories and personal experiences. You can view these here:
We have also held a Q&A on mental health on our intranet.
The Time to Change website is time-to-change.org.uk