Leading Welsh employer Admiral has become the latest organisation to sign the Time to Change Wales pledge to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
The pledge was signed by Admiral Group People Services Manager Ceri Assiratti and Time to Change Wales Programme Manager Ant Metcalfe in front of Admiral staff at a ceremony at the group’s Cardiff headquarters.
The lively event featured a performance from Admiral’s ‘Inspire Choir’ of musical staff members and was preceded by an online question and answer session in which Admiral employees were able to ask Ant Metcalfe about the campaign, the pledge and about mental health stigma.
Ceri Assiratti said:
“I’m very proud to be signing the Time to Change Wales Pledge today and to work with the Time to Change Wales team.
For too long people have been afraid to talk about their mental health issues and this campaign aims to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. Working with Time to Change Wales will help us access a wealth of knowledge and understanding about how to address our employees.
As an employer we are committed to the wellbeing of our staff and signing this pledge today is a public declaration to that effect.”
Time to Change Wales Programme Manager Ant Metcalfe said:
“We’re delighted that one of Wales’ biggest employers has made this commitment to ending mental health stigma. We know from our own survey data that huge numbers of Welsh workers would not be comfortable talking to their manager about a mental health problem and that mental health can be a taboo subject in the workplace.
We now look forward to working with Admiral to develop an action plan, ensuring that employees have opportunities to talk about mental health and to help them look after their own wellbeing.”
To find out more about the Time to Change Wales Organisational Pledge, click here