10th Oct 2019

Durham Community Action has signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, we are committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action said:

“Durham Community Action is extremely proud to be joining the Time to Change campaign. As a local infrastructure organisation working at both a strategic and operational level with the County Durham Partnership, we are committed to tackling stigma and championing mental health within our sector. We support volunteer led organisations and community groups to build resilience and capacity to deal with the issues they face. In doing so we put the wellbeing of our employees and those we work with at the centre of our approach. On 10 October 2019, World Mental Health Day, we have officially signed the Employer Pledge and publicly shown our commitment to helping end mental health discrimination in the workplace.”Durham Community Action joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Jo Loughran, Interim 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 Durham Community Action 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."

Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.

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