Signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge
The Time to Change Employer Pledge is an aspirational statement with meaning, indicating to employees, service users and the public that an organisation wants to take action to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health, focusing on the workplace in particular.
The pledge isn‘t a quality mark, accreditation or endorsement. You don’t have to pass a test or submit a lengthy application. Instead, each pledge commitment is backed by an organisation-specific action plan, detailing the tangible activity you will deliver to demonstrate your commitment.
By signing you will be joining a growing movement of more than 400 employers in England, across all sectors, who are working to tackle mental health stigma and to help keep their staff well for work.
What does the pledge involve?
In order to make the pledge signing meaningful, we ask you to develop a pledge action plan. This will detail the actions you are committed to delivering within your organisation to tackle stigma and discrimination around mental health.
Your plan can be expanded over time but it must provide some immediate goals to make the pledge a reality and signal your commitment.
Creating an action plan
Action plans should be realistic and manageable but also capable of engaging a diverse range of staff and groups. Considerations such as the technology in your business, how many sites there are and where they are located will have an influence on the best approach. Whether there is finance available and whether or not you have a budget allocated to pay for any staff to spend time organising activities could also be determining factors, especially if the programme is going to be conducted by staff volunteers only.
Are you are ready to take the next step and register your organisation’s interest in signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge? If so, please go here.
Want to find out more from employers who have already signed the pledge, take a look at our Pledge listing.
Is your employer an emergency services organisation? Find out more about signing the Blue Light Pledge.