Today, business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP will sign a pledge with Time to Change in their commitment to end the stigma and discrimination around mental health problems. The campaign run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness has seen a growing number of employers signing the pledge to end mental health discrimination.
The signing ceremony will take place at their London office in Finsbury Square and representatives from Grant Thornton will pledge their support to 'Time to Change.’ Alongside this, they have developed an action plan of activity that will help continue to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
Perry Burton, partner Grant Thornton UK LLP said:
“Having spoken out about my own mental health issues I know how important it is that we create an environment where our people feel they have the space and permission to talk openly. The stigma attached to “mental illness” still exists and the only way to break this down is to encourage and support people in being open about their own challenges.
“We want to ensure that all of our people have somewhere to turn to talk about how they are feeling. Signing the pledge is our commitment to ensuring we achieve this.”
Grant Thornton joins the wide movement of over 300 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.
Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said:
“It is fantastic that more and more employers are showing their support in tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems. Employers and their staff can all play a part in helping to stamp out stigma and companies like Grant Thornton are taking a lead.
“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only has benefits for their staff but also benefits their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness it's time for businesses to work on their approach and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces."
Time to Change is England’s biggest anti-stigma programme led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change promotes better understanding to combat discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems.