Press Release / 03 December 2019
intu signs the Time to Change pledge
intu has signed the Time to Change pledge to better support the mental health of its 2,500 employees.
The growing social movement is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to transform attitudes to mental health in the workplace.
intu has pledged its support with a plan of activity that includes running a mental health awareness programme across the business.
We are absolutely committed to reducing the stigma around mental health and facilitating more open and honest conversations around mental health and wellbeing at intu.
Chief executive, intu
Matthew Roberts, chief executive of intu, said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing the stigma around mental health and facilitating more open and honest conversations around mental health and wellbeing at intu.
“The importance of good mental health and wellbeing is something I have felt passionately about for many years. I shared this at my first all-company meeting when I became chief executive earlier this year and I have been delighted by the fantastic response and support from across the business that is helping us to start this important journey.”
Everyone’s attitude makes a difference and it’s fantastic to see organisations like intu taking the lead.
Interim director of Time to Change
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 intu 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."
Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.
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