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BI WORLDWIDE celebrates World Mental Health Day by signing the Time to Change Pledge

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.

"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."

  • Mike Davies

As a leader in employee engagement, BI WORLDWIDE EMEA believes positive mental health is associated with many desirable workplace factors including productivity, engagement and high attendance. BI WORLDWIDE is committed to creating a working environment where mental wellbeing is considered just as important as physical wellbeing, where employees can thrive and be their best selves at work.

BI WORLDWIDE EMEA joins the UK movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employers to open up; to talk and to listen. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless, but with the right support, those of us with mental health problems can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life. Everyone’s attitude makes a difference and it’s fantastic to see organisations like BI WORLDWIDE taking the lead.

“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness it's time for businesses to make a change and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces."

Photo caption: CFO Nicola Urquhart and Managing Director Mike Davies proudly hold the signed 'Time To Change' pledge with some of our Associates.

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