On the same week as World Mental Health Day, ITV’s Chief Executive Carolyn McCall has signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. ITV has joined over 900 organisations across the UK who are committed to ending the stigma on mental health.
Time to Change is a social movement led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge demonstrates ITV’s commitment to changing perceptions and acting on mental health in the workplace by making sure all employees feel empowered to act and those who are facing these problems feel supported.
ITV’s Time to Change action plan is focused on raising awareness, training colleagues, normalising conversations and supporting those facing mental health problems. The Pledge was launched internally with an invitation to all UK colleagues to share their own pledges and experiences of mental health. The ITV intranet was soon full of responses, generating the first of many open conversations about mental health in the workplace.
Mental health is something we all need to look after and talk about more, especially in the workplace. It’s something we’ve been working on at ITV for some time. That’s why I’m really pleased we’ve signed up to the Time to Change Pledge. It demonstrates our clear commitment to each and every one of our colleagues, creating an open, honest and supportive environment to help end the stigma around talking about mental health
Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of ITV
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 ITV 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.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change