Community’s priority campaign on mental health took a step forward today with the union’s general secretary and national executive signing the ‘Time to Change’ pledge.
In the UK there are 4.6 million people in work who have a common mental health condition. One in six workers experiences stress, anxiety or depression and nine in ten people who have experienced a mental health condition have faced negative treatment from others as a result.
Roy Rickhuss, Community’s general secretary, said:
“By signing this pledge, Community are committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. Time to Change is the UK’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and we have joined the growing movement of 450 organisations that have signed the pledge.
“Our priority campaign this year is on mental health. As part of our campaign we’re asking employers in sectors from across the UK, to start taking mental health seriously. By signing this pledge today, we have taken the lead, and we hope that the employers we work with will follow suit.
“We know that it is by working together that we can begin to create a better working environment, where every worker feels safe and supported.”