Time to Change

The importance of recognising mental health in the workplace

Run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Change has been supporting employers to create a more open and understanding culture around mental health problems in the workplace since 2009.

The Time to Change Pledge

Chalk + Ward signed The Time to Change Pledge in May 2019. As a result, we have been developing and implementing workplace wellbeing interventions and action plans ever since.

Robert Chalk, Managing Director of Chalk + Ward, says: “Signing the pledge drives the changes we need to make to how we think and act about mental health in the workplace. Recognising that mental health and physical health are equally important to our wellbeing is getting talked about across the team. Our payday breakfast was a great start to our conversations!”

Mental health statistics

The statistics about mental health speak for themselves. With one in four workers across the UK affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress, it’s not something that can be ignored. But talking about mental health in the workplace is not always easy.

According to research, one in five people revealed that they had called in sick to avoid work. When asked how workplace stress had affected them, 30 percent of staff said they wouldn’t feel able to talk openly with their line manager if they were feeling stressed.

Poor mental health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. It costs an average of £1,035 per employee per year, which is a significant cost to a business. What’s more, a staggering 300,000 people leave their work each year due to poor mental health.

time to change poster

Promoting change

Chalk + Ward don’t want to be part of these statistics. Anyone who works here is encouraged to talk about any mental health issue that might be affecting their work or life. We understand that keeping silent about mental health can exacerbate a mental health issue.

We talk a lot about the importance put on our teams’ wellbeing and mental health and it’s making a difference. So much so, we have been working hard to spread the word and recruit more local businesses to the scheme.

Our video about the importance of good mental health in the workplace is encouraging others to get on board. Already, two of our clients – national companies with head offices in Devon – have signed the pledge too.

Signing the pledge
Life can be a Rocky Road

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

This year, we will be visiting local businesses with gifts of Rocky Road – after all, life can be a rocky road sometimes – to spread the Time to Change message.

The important bit

We have committed to making a difference by signing The Time to Change Pledge. Supported by a 12 month Employer Action Plan founded on the principles of the 2017 Thriving at Work Report. It’s built upon five years of evidence based interventions, researched by the Time to Change Employers Team.

Our Employer Pledge and Employer Action Plan supports us to put in place best-practice interventions and policy to help our team work in ways that promote positive mental wellbeing.

We hope you can join us by signing the pledge too.