Council is Ready for Change
06 Feb 2020 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
It is time to change how we all think about mental health in the workplace and Northumberland County Council has become the latest organisation to show its commitment to staff by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
The ‘Time to Change’ national campaign looks at the way people think and act about mental health problems, while the Pledge supports organisations to put in place best-practice interventions and policy, to help staff work in ways that promote positive mental wellbeing and allow them to thrive.
Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing and getting the right support, at the right time can ensure everyone stays well.
Daljit Lally, Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council, said: “Our staff are at the heart of everything we do, so I was proud to sign the Time to Change Pledge to show our commitment. By changing how we think and act about mental health, we will make sure that all of our employees thrive and feel supported.”
Councillor Trevor Cessford, Mental Health Champion of Northumberland County Council , said: “We are working hard to put in place best-practice interventions and policy to help our staff work in ways that promote a positive mental wellbeing.
“Work is underway to develop a Mental Health Strategy and we have a range of support available which supports our staff to be well at work.”
A range of lunchtime activities for staff took place throughout the week to celebrate signing the Pledge, including a Time to Talk Walk and - thanks to the health benefits of singing - a ‘Big Sing’ on the 6th February for Time to Talk Day.