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It is Time to Change mental health attitudes

Published10th October 2018

Mental health matters! That is why Ipswich Borough Council is joining organisations up and down the country and signing up to the Time to Change employer pledge.

The first to sign in Grafton House on World Mental Health Day were Council Leader David Ellesmere and Chief Executive Russell Williams, who explained that one in four people experience mental health problems and that the vast majority say they have faced negative treatment from others.

“We want everyone who works here at the Council to feel that they can be open about their mental health and ask for support if they need it. By signing this pledge, we aim to promote good mental health, and to support employees who might experience mental ill-health in the best way we can.”

The Borough Council will be taking positive action, including training a group of employees to be Mental Health First Aiders, training managers and team members how to promote a supportive and sensitive environment and providing all staff with online information about mental health resources, and how to share experiences.

The Council has joined almost 1,000 other organisations in a pledge to end mental health stigma, including Suffolk Constabulary, Sky, Ford, Suffolk Sport, Tesco, M&S, Suffolk County Council and many more.