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TIME TO CHANGE FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

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Date: 10/10/2018

In February this year, Worcestershire was revealed as a Time to Change Hub to support the national social movement, Time to Change.

The Hubs have been created to support communities, workplaces and schools to take action to end negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.
 
Time to Change Worcestershire is made up of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Board, Worcestershire County Council, Community First, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, The University of Worcester, West Mercia Police, Redditch and Bromsgrove District Councils, Unison and local Champions.
 
One way in which the Chamber of Commerce is promoting the campaign is by appointing “Time to Change” Champions within the workplace, and by encouraging Chamber Members to sign the pledge and nominate ambassadors. Pauline Knott, Director of Marketing and Sales, Gail Dendy de Santos, International Trade Advisor, Lucy Allen, PR Executive and Steve Winstanley, Business Engagement Officer at Worcestershire Business Central, have all voluntarily pledged their time to become the Chamber’s Time to Change Champions.
 
Today, Wednesday 10 October, the Champions held a drop-in session for their colleagues to come and find out more about dispelling the myths surrounding mental health. The insightful session encouraged peer-to-peer conversations about the stigmas attached to all mental health problems, and welcomed discussions for how we could all be more aware and responsive in the workplace.
 
Speaking of the event, Lucy Allen said: “Today’s session was initially about raising the awareness of mental health in the workplace. As Champions, we felt that World Mental Health Day was a natural option when discussing how we could work together to help end the negative attitudes associated with people experiencing mental health problems.
 
“However, what came from the event was a lot more authentic. Whilst we didn’t ask our colleagues to share their experiences, people used the session as an opportunity to discuss how they were feeling and what we could do internally to ensure that everyone feels safe and supported.
 
“We will be using today’s event as a launch pad to create and implement suggestions to ensure that we are helping to change how we all think and act about mental health, and the people behind the labels.”
 
The Chamber is leading on the employer element of the campaign, and is interested in speaking to any business who would like to get involved in the movement. If you are interested in signing the pledge or finding out more about becoming a Time to Change Champion, please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk.