Campaign launched to end mental health stigma | Border

Henrietta Strickland
February 9, 2019

For too long, the focus on mental health reflected the fact that it was considered a minority issue affecting just a small proportion of people.

Time to Talk Day, which was established six years ago, asks everyone to have a conversation about mental health to help break the stigma that can surround mental health problems.

In 2017, McVitie's owner Pladis signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge and, last year, committed to training all its line managers in the United Kingdom on mental health by the end of 2019.

To mark Time to Talk Day Ford is adding ten "Don't let mental health be the elephant in the room" liveried trailers to its United Kingdom transport operations. Together we can make sure the people we care about feel supported and able to let everyone know about the way they are feeling.

The average Brit has 770 friends on social media, yet almost a fifth (18%) wouldn't feel able to call upon any of those friends if they were struggling with their mental health, a survey of 5,000 United Kingdom adults found.

Jonah Stuckart, 2018 Youth Dream Bursary Recipient, drops the puck with David Gabert and Tara DeHeer from Canadian Mental Health Association for Lethbridge Hurricanes Jordy Bellerive, right, and Regina Pats Brady Pouteau for the mental health home game, Tuesday night at the Enmax Centre.

"Encouraging people to have open, honest discussions is vital in ensuring individuals, at any business level, receive the support they need", she said.

So what steps can employers take to create the kind of work environment that supports their employees' mental health? At Accenture, we have always been working to foster a culture that focuses on mental health awareness and preventive strategies, where conversations around mental health are normalised.

Chief Constable Winton Keenen said, along with the public, it was vital that emergency services personnel have access to mental health services. These are invaluable resources for helping people to get the support they need.

If you are anxious about your mental health, you may benefit from speaking to a professional.

"We're delighted that Ford continues to be committed to improving attitudes towards mental health", said Director of Time to Change, Jo Loughran. Every Ally has gone through a half-day classroom-based training session, raising their understanding and capability in addressing mental health challenges through role-plays and scenarios. "As the market-leading auto and van brand in the UK, Ford is an important part of society and we want to use that relationship to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to talk about mental health".

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