YBS signs 'time to change' mental health employer pledge

Yorkshire Building Society has today marked World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October) by signing an employer pledge with Time to Change to support its colleagues to be open about mental health problems.

In signing the pledge, Yorkshire Building Society is committed to change the way its colleagues think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Time to Change is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which support people to open up to mental health problems.

Mike Regnier, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Building Society, said:

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 bespoke ‘managing mental health at work’ training programme for managers in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation.

Yorkshire Building Society joins the wider movement of more than 500 organisations that have signed the Time to Change pledge, which includes E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Shell, and Marks and Spencer.

Sue Baker, 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 and it’s fantastic to see organisations like Yorkshire Building Society taking the lead.

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.

The Society is working in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation to develop a comprehensive wellbeing programme for its colleagues.

Chris O’Sullivan, Head of Workplace Mental Health at the Mental Health Foundation, said:

We are delighted to be supporting Yorkshire Building Society with the development and implementation of their wellbeing programme. We want to see businesses set out to address mental health at every level, and that’s exactly what Yorkshire Building Society has set out to do. By providing all staff with accessible information and access to simple tools to improve mental health, the message is clear that the organisation cares about everybody’s mental health.



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