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:
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
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.