Amalga Limited sign the pledge to change how we all think and act about mental health
Amalga has today signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, Amalga is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
The signing ceremony will take place at Amalga’s Stockley Park, Head Office and representatives from Amalga will pledge their support to Time to Change with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
Chris Hope, Operations Director, Amalga said:
“Amalga’s mental health policy is at the heart of our commitment to maintaining and promoting a positive, and healthy workplace environment that supports the health, and safety needs of all employees, including the mental health wellbeing of all. Having signed up to “Time to Change”, and “Mates in Mind” programmes in 2017; Amalga have an action plan in place in improve our knowledge of mental health, as well as provide a supportive, and inclusive environment in which staff feel happy to work. Amalga management team will be improving our ability to help staff identify personal mental health issues, reduce the “stigma” attached, and support their mental health needs at work, as well as a solid mechanism in place for reducing the risk factors linked to mental health at work issues, so that together we can make positive steps towards change”.
Amalga joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, 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.
Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: “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 Amalga 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."
Time to Change is 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 supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.