CCG pledges to improve mental health in the workplace

  • 06 August 2019

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Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) has today, Tuesday 6 August 2019, signed the ‘Time to Change’ employer pledge. The pledge is a way for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace, and supporting the wellbeing of staff.

The CCG has already made headway in recruiting a number of ‘Time to Change staff champions’, who will be key in driving change across the organisation, and developing new and different ways of raising awareness of mental health.

 Dr David Soodeen, the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health, and Time to Change Governing Body champion, said: 

We are delighted to be signing the Time to Change pledge today. As well as demonstrating our commitment to supporting mental health at work, it’s a reflection of the strength of the action plan we submitted earlier in the year.

One in four people are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year. It’s a myth to think that people with mental health problems can’t work – with the right knowledge and skills we can help our employees to stay well.

Signing the pledge demonstrates our continued commitment to tackling mental health stigma and ensuring that we’re providing staff with a great place to work.

Over the next few months, the CCG will be working with Time to Change to put its commitment into practice, starting with a Time to Change staff workshop led by people with lived experience of mental ill health. The champions network is also launching a ‘temperature check’ survey to understand more about people’s experiences and views, and inform the organisation’s Time to Change action plan.  

CCG Chief Executive, Julia Ross, said:

We are delighted to be signing the Time to Change pledge today. As well as demonstrating our commitment to supporting mental health at work, it’s a reflection of the strength of the action plan we submitted earlier in the year.

We’re ambitious about the health of our population, and that includes the people who work with us. If we’re going to continue to attract and retain the very best people, it’s important that we create a healthy and inclusive environment for everyone.

The pledge was signed today (6 August) at the CCG Governing Body meeting by BNSSG CCG Chief Executive, Julia Ross and Clinical Chair Dr Jonathan Hayes.

Time to change pledge

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