To coincide with national Mental Health Awareness week, Coleg Cambria has officially signed the ‘Time to Change Wales’ Employer Pledge.
The Pledge demonstrates the College’s commitment to mental health in the workplace and ensures that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
As part of the week Coleg Cambria hosted roadshows and workshops relating to mental health and wellbeing. These events, available for students and staff included a range of third-sector organisations as well as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Human Resources, Student Services and Chaplaincy.
All sites also had a ‘Mental Health Wall’ where staff and students could write up their suggestions of how to stay mentally healthy.
Signing the ‘Time to Change Wales’ pledge will offer the College a great opportunity to raise awareness with staff and students of mental health problems.
Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. It is delivered by three leading mental health charities Gofal, Hafal and Mind Cymru.
Coleg Cambria’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Julie Davies said the college is ‘proud to sign up to the Employer Pledge and fully support the aims of Time to Change’.
Julie continued: “We are committed to challenging stigma attached to mental illness and to doing everything that we can to promote the mental wellbeing of everyone employed by the College.
“Our 2020 Vision, the HR & OD Strategy, the objectives of the Health and Wellbeing Steering Group together with our commitment to the Gold Corporate Health Standard (Wales) set out the wider commitments of the college to improve the mental wellbeing for everyone and, within this context.
“This Time to Change Wales action plan, which launched on May 9th during Mental Health Awareness week, reinforces this commitment and will ensure that we place greater emphasis on this important issue over the coming weeks and months.”
1 in 4 people will experience problems with their mental health in any one year and the stigma and discrimination that people experience can make life with a mental health problem even more difficult than the condition itself. This is why Time to Change Wales campaigns to end the stigma and improve knowledge and understanding of mental health in Wales.
Lowri Wyn Jones, Programme Manager for Time to Change Wales, said: “Time to Change Wales brings together inspirational people with lived experiences of mental health problems to work for social change – to end discrimination and stigma around mental health problems.
“More working days are lost to stress, anxiety and depression than any other illness, looking after your staff has never been more important than it is now.
“We are thrilled to have Coleg Cambria to sign the pledge and join the other health boards in Wales in their commitment to reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace and we hope that through signing this pledge it can make a huge difference in reducing the discrimination faced by people in Wales with mental health problems.”