Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

Mental health needs to be 'boardroom agenda'

Time To Talk? Half Of Brits Don't Talk To Friends In Real Life Because Of Social Media What you should (and shouldn't) say when someone opens up about their mental health
Gustavo Carr | 09 February, 2019, 14:11

It is expected more than 120 business leaders will be attending the event in Penrith. Time to Talk Day is an opportunity to break down barriers and have real and meaningful conversations about mental health - however you do it.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: "The council signed the Time to Change pledge back in October previous year, to signal its commitment to change perceptions of mental health, as well as providing reassurance to staff facing difficulties about how they will be supported".

Among the highly-regarded provisions now provided to the public are the Street Triage teams.

This reinforces the council's commitment to improve workforce health and welling.

The force has also developed an award-winning multi-agency simulation training package for professionals involved in mental health crisis care, known as Respond.

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In October previous year, JOE partnered with mental health charity Time to Change, changing our logo from yellow to pink as part of an anti-stigma campaign encouraging people to show a genuine willingness to talk and listen by asking twice if they were anxious how a mate was doing. "For Time to Talk Day I want to be there for my followers so I'm inviting them to come and meet me for an honest conversation about mental health - where we can all open up and talk about how we really are".

"Northumbria Police works hard to ensure the right service is available to those who need support".

Christine Fortune, a psychotherapist from the Counselling Directory, told HuffPost UK we live in a fast-paced society where social media gives us instant access to hundreds of friends, but increasingly many people lack day-to-day physical human contact with real people. The very nature of our job alone can mean our colleagues need some form of support during their career, but there are various other reasons why someone may be experiencing difficulties. Which is why it's so important that we continue to encourage openness and understanding around the topic.

In our experience, when it comes to supporting employees' mental wellbeing, organisations need to think beyond simply spotting the signs of declining mental health and helping people to seek treatment when needed.

The vouchers will be included in Time to Change's "Chatter Boxes" - physical boxes filled with resources, tips and tricks created to facilitate conversation around mental health, and distributed to thousands of workplaces and community groups around the UK.