Broadland has joined more than 1,200 organisations across the UK who have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
The pledge is a commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Group Chief Executive Michael Newey said:
I’m delighted to sign this pledge on behalf of Broadland. Although things are slowly changing, there is still a great deal of stigma around mental health, and often a lack of understanding of the issues. We want our staff to feel comfortable to be able to start conversations around mental health and are committed to supporting their wellbeing at work.
By signing the pledge, Broadland commits to a 12-month Employer Action Plan. The plan will help us put in place best-practice interventions and policy to help our staff work in ways that promote positive mental wellbeing. This will support lasting, cultural change through a plan of tangible, measurable activity.
In May 2019 Broadland launched a team of staff Mental Health Champions across the organisation. The champions offer a confidential, 1-to-1 service in the workplace. The Mental Health Champions’ role is to listen, support and signpost suitable services to colleagues who may be struggling with their mental health. They also raise awareness and promote mental wellbeing across the organisation.
Staff have also voted for Mind as their charity of the year for fundraising.