Labour Party signs organisational pledge

Time to Change Director Sue Baker, Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer and Rethink Mental Illness Chief Executive Paul Jenkins attend an event with Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband as he signs the Time to Change pledgeThe Labour Party, as one of the country's major employers, has signed up to the Time to Change organisational pledge. The Party Leader, Ed Miliband signed the pledge on behalf of the party at a round table discussion with employers about mental health. Some employers who have already signed up to the Time to Change organisational pledge took part including Channel 4, Ernst & Young, and Lloyds TSB. 

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “We are pleased to see the Labour party, as a major employer, signing our pledge and making this statement of commitment. Mental health affects everyone, no matter what their political allegiance or what sector they work in. So it’s important that we work with all types of organisations to tackle stigma and discrimination and ensure that all corners of society feel the benefit of social change.  We now look forward to seeing the Labour party honour their pledge and move forward with planned activities and resources for nearly 300 members of staff across the country.”

Following the round table discussion Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party made a speech on mental health to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Read his full speech on the Labour Party website.

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Notes to Editors

Time to Change wants to encourage all employers in all sectors, including all political parties, to sign up to the Time to Change pledge and join the existing social movement against stigma and discrimination.  Those already signed up include BT, British Gas, the Premier League, E.ON, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Shell, Pepsico, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England, Channel 4, Lloyds, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Time to Change

Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.  The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. 

Department of Health
On 2 February 2011 the Department of Health launched No health without mental health, a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages which has the twin aims of keeping people well and improving their mental health and, when people are not well, improving their outcomes through high-quality services.

The strategy is based on six shared objectives, developed with partners from across the mental health sector, and focuses on ‘Recovery’ and the reduction of stigma and discrimination as overarching themes. 

To help deliver the objective to reduce the stigma faced by people with mental health problems, in 2011 the Department agreed to support Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The Department of Health is providing the campaign with up to £16 million of funding together with a further £4 million from Comic Relief. This funding will help Time to Change continue their work until March 2015.

Comic Relief
Comic Relief is committed to supporting people living with mental health problems. The projects Comic Relief funds ensure people with mental health problems get their voices heard in the decisions that affect their lives and get the help they need to recover. Comic Relief also helps people to promote their rights and reduce the stigma and discrimination they face so that they feel more included in society.  The £4 million grant to Time to Change is the second time the charity has awarded Time to Change its largest UK grant and is part of Comic Relief's long standing commitment to this issue. For more information go to www.comicrelief.com

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