Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 12:18 GMT

Tackling the mental health stigma in print

Management information software producer Tharstern has committed to tackling mental health stigma in the workplace by signing the ‘Time to Change’ pledge.

The Time to Change campaign was launched by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness with the hope of challenging negative attitudes towards mental health. Part of the movement encourages businesses to make a pledge to ensure that those suffering with mental health issues in the workplace are supported.

“One in four British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year,” says Keith McMurtrie, chief executive officer of Tharstern. “We are proud to be signing the pledge so we can let our employees know that we are dedicated to supporting them through any mental health issues they may be experiencing.

“We are totally committed to making Tharstern a fantastic environment to work and by environment, I don't just mean the offices and the facilities etc, it has a broader meaning that also covers staff wellbeing, happiness and satisfaction.”

It would be fantastic to see some more businesses in our industry sign up to the Employer Pledge, so we can all tackle mental health together

Two of the firm’s ‘Employee Champions’, Rowan Smart and Elouise Sylkie Pemberton, attended a two-day course with St Johns Ambulance in Mental Health First Aid at Work to support the pledge.

Pemberton comments: “I’m proud to be part of a company that takes the wellbeing of its people seriously. I feel privileged to be taking on the role as Employee Champion and I aim to make a real positive difference for my colleagues.

“Remember, you don’t need to be an Employee Champion to affect change at work. It could be as simple as asking someone how they are and being prepared to listen without judgement. That could be all it takes to make a huge difference in someone’s day.”

McMurtrie adds: “It would be fantastic to see some more businesses in our industry sign up to the Employer Pledge, so we can all tackle mental health together.”

Over 900 businesses in the UK have already made the free pledge – with 95% of employers reporting a positive impact on their organisation.

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