At Mayden, we work with those at the front line of mental health services, and we’re keenly aware of the importance of mental health in the workplace.
So, when we became aware of the Time to Change Employer Pledge, we simply had to get involved.
Time to Change is a campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and exists to change the way we think about mental health at work. Employers are invited to sign a pledge to demonstrate their commitment to better mental health in the workplace and to make sure that employees facing mental health challenges are supported.
On Time to Talk Day 2018, taking place this Thursday, 1 February, we’ll be joining over 500 other companies in showing our commitment when our founder and managing director Chris May signs the Employer Pledge.
For us, this is an opportunity to make our commitment to mental health in the workplace visible. At Mayden, we work with well over 100 mental health services in the UK and Australia, so we have insight into the impact that poor mental health has. We know that mental illness can affect anyone at any time – it doesn’t discriminate. We want everyone at Mayden to know that their mental health will be supported in the same way a physical illness would be.
We recently appointed a trained mental health first aider, who is here to support individuals as and when they need it; we run regular talks on the subject of mental health and wellness; and we regularly get involved in events such as Time to Talk Day and World Mental Health Day to help raise awareness.
Our pledge is a plan of action for everyone at Mayden, to encourage each of us to talk more openly about our own mental health, to equip one another to have conversations with our colleagues, and to help those that need it to find further support.
We want to make it completely normal to talk about mental health at Mayden and to ensure that we are offering a supportive environment with policies in place that provide help to those that need it, when they need it.
Check out the video above, in which one of our directors, Alison Sturgess-Durden, explains why the pledge is so important to us, and join the conversation on Twitter using #timetotalk.