Mental health and wellbeing are top of the agenda in Bristol City Hall as the Labour-run council pledges to become a Time to Change employer and join the growing social movement supporting people to open up about mental health problems.
Time to Change is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and by signing the employer pledge the council is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. The council is hoping to lead by example and encourage other organisations to sign up. The recently launched One City Plan, which brings together a wide range of partners to set shared goals for the city over the coming decades, includes a target to get all businesses in the city signed up by 2033.
As part of the council’s pledge it plans to build on its existing policies that support employee wellbeing and provide additional training for managers. The council’s executive directors will also champion mental health throughout the organisation and signposting to support will be more easily available.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is an issue we can’t afford to ignore and we need to create a workplace culture where we are all confident to open up the conversation around mental health. The work we do can play a big role in our mental health and there are many ways in which employers can support their staff. I’d like to use Time to Talk Day as a platform to encourage organisations across the city to find out more about the employer pledge and think about changes they could make to build happier workplaces.”
Bristol City Council now joins 16 other local employers in Bristol including University Hospitals Bristol, Midas Group, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England – and is encouraging others to follow suit. Across the country more than 1,000 employers have signed up so far.