This World Mental Health Day, our chief executive, Suzanne Tracey, has renewed our pledge to the Time to Change movement, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to changing how we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
When someone asks us how we are, the usual and expected response is “Fine, thanks”. Of course, sometimes we say we’re fine when we’re not. In fact 1 in 4 will experience mental health problems this year and having the support of a colleague can make all the difference.
To really find out, if you’re worried, ask them again. It can show you’re interested for real and willing to hear the response – whether that’s straight away or at a later date. Without support from others, people with mental health problems can lose what they care about most. It’s a time when you need your friends, family and colleagues more than ever.
NDHT is encouraging staff to be sure to ask twice and be there for their colleagues if they are acting differently. Of course this is not just for today – a colleague could need your support anytime.
Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. It is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands of organisations like us are joining to help make change happen. You can find out more about the initiative at time-to-change.org.uk
NDHT are also calling on individuals and organisations locally to sign up to the One Northern Devon Stop Suicide Pledge. One Northern Devon’s aim is to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in northern Devon.
To read more about the pledge and One Northern Devon please click here, or to sign up to the individual or organisational pledges please visit the