Our Time to Change pledge - one year on
One year ago, Progress Housing Group signed the Time to Change Pledge, signalling our commitment to help break the silence and end the stigma around mental health.
One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. Nine in ten people who have experienced a mental health problem have faced negative treatment from others as a result.
In May 2019, Progress Housing Group signed the Time to Change Pledge, joining a social movement to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Still, too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem.
So what has changed for colleagues at Progress Housing Group since we signed the Pledge? Well:
- We marked Mental Health Awareness Week last year with a series of promotions and events, including learning opportunities which 85 colleagues attended
- 17 line managers have undertaken training on supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace – and this training offer will continue
- We now have 17 Mental Health First Aiders in place, a point of contact for those wanting to talk
- Our intranet has been busy with new resources developed and lots of interesting articles – from colleagues sharing their stories around mental ill-health to guides on promoting wellbeing – overall attracting a lot of views and comment and helping to break down that stigma
- Employee use of the Group's employee assistance programme and online wellbeing portal and telephone services have increased – with a 41% growth in the use of the portal.
The Group hopes that these measures have helped signpost people to support and made talking about mental ill-health in the workplace easier.
As recent events have underlined, we are here to help one another and simple things can sometimes help. So during Mental Health Awareness Week, take time to reach out to a colleague or friend, offer an act of kindness, and remember to look after yourself.