NWH committed to ending stigma about mental health

NWH Chief Executive Helena Kirk signed the Time to Change pledge on Friday 2nd October, formalising our commitment to change the way we think and act about mental health at work.

Helena explained:

“Signing up to the Time to Change Wales Pledge demonstrates our organisation commitment to creating a workplace free from mental health stigma and discrimination, to change the way we think and act about mental health at work.

We want to make it commonplace for employees to say “I’m struggling”, “I’m working too much” or “I need support” in the workplace without the fear of negative consequences.”

As most of our waking hours are spent at work, our working environment can play a big part in our health and wellbeing. This year has been particularly challenging, and NWH recognise this and have invested time in the health and wellbeing of staff as part of their People Strategy.

Lynne Williams, Head of People explained:

“We have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing group that promotes health and wellbeing to staff in a fun and engaging way. We want staff to take care of themselves, so they can be the best versions of themselves.

We have also invested in training relating to this; 37 staff are now iact trained Managers, giving them the tools to help manage and promote positive mental health in the workplace.”

However NWH recognise that there’s a lot more to do, and the signing of the pledge is only the next step in their journey.