Did you know one in six employees experience anxiety, depression or stress? And many unfortunately, suffer in silence. As part of a social movement to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, BI WORLDWIDE EMEA has signed the Time to Change pledge, publicly committing to develop a positive approach to mental wellbeing.
Time to Change is a UK national campaign aiming to change how we all think and act about mental health problems and is led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It is also funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
BI WORLDWIDE EMEA’s new Wellbeing Committee and HR team will be working together to generate awareness of mental health and encourage Associates take small steps to positively impact their wellbeing.
Mike Davies, Managing Director of BI WORLDWIDE EMEA said: “We have always paid attention to the physical wellbeing of our Associates. In addition to strong health and safety provisions, we regularly promote healthy eating and physical activity. We now want to ensure that we pay the same level of attention to the mental wellbeing of our Associates as we pay to their physical wellbeing.
“Our approach will be both to promote actions which have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, and to ensure that we have effective provisions in place for any Associate who experiences mental ill health.”
This week, as part of BI WORLDWIDE EMEA’s Investors in People project, the Wellbeing Committee is encouraging Associates to do simple things such as take regular lunch breaks, move indoor meetings to outdoors and participate in organised group walks. The Committee will also be arranging mental health awareness training sessions, ensuring Associates can raise issues relating to mental ill health just as easily as they can raise issues of physical ill health.