Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group has shown its support for breaking the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), the UK wide housing Group has joined a list of over 900 organisations to show support for the growing social movement, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The Time to Change Employer Pledge demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to changing how people think and act about mental health in the workplace and making sure its employees who are facing these problems feel supported.

Progress Housing Group employs over 600 members of staff and the pledge underpins the supported living services it provides across the country to adults aged 18 or over, helping them manage their mental health and maximise their independence.

“As an organisation that supports those with mental health needs, we are proud to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge, encouraging positive discussions about mental health. “Signing the pledge shows our commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level of the organisation. In order to sign the Pledge we have submitted an action plan detailing what we will do, including promoting stories and articles about mental health and offering related training to our managers and staff.” Said, Jacqui De-Rose, Progress Housing Group’s Chief Executive

Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, added: “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 Progress Housing Group taking the lead.”

Time to Change is funded by the Department of HealthComic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund and was set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems.

For more information about the Time to Change Employer Pledge visit www.time-to-change.org.uk