Given that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year and Mental Health Foundation report that mental health problems in the UK costs employers approximately £2.4 billion per year, it is important that organisations ‘open up’ the conversation about mental health and help break down the stigma attached to mental health issues.
Taking place on Thursday 3 February 2022 Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to get your workplace talking about mental health. Employers need to ensure that they create a safe environment from the outset by:
- making it clear that people do not have to disclose anything about themselves unless they feel comfortable and safe to do; and
- making sure that everyone knows where and how to access support, both in and out of the workplace.
Employer activities should challenge misconceptions, start conversations and change attitudes around mental health.
Suggestions for activities include:
- Mental health pub quiz.
- Lunch and learn session.
- Training session for managers that sets out managing conversations with struggling colleagues.
- Meet up event specifically for wellbeing and sharing stories.
Businesses can access free resources that can help start conversations and those conversations have the power to change lives.
If you are struggling with how best to support your employees, give us a call on 03333 660 567 or contact us here and we can help.
About Time To Talk
The campaign runs UK wide, with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and See Me in Scotland, Inspire and Change Your Mind in Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.
The day is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health, by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.
This year they aim to support communities up and down the country to have more mental health conversations than ever before.
We know that conversations about mental health have the power to change lives. Our recent research shows how important open conversations in communities are to support everyone’s mental wellbeing.
Co-op are raising £8m for Mind, SAMH and Inspire to bring communities together to improve mental wellbeing. Along with delivering Time to Talk Day 2022, these vital funds are providing new services in over 50 local communities across the UK to support people’s mental wellbeing.
Generating more than two million mental health conversations each year, Time to Talk Day was launched in 2014 by Time to Change, a campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination, which was run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.