Employee Champions are essential in challenging stigma and increasing understanding of mental health in their workplaces. They are at the forefront of our fight to make it commonplace for employees to be able to say “I’m struggling”, or “I need support” in the workplace without the fear of negative consequences.
Your employer has signed the Employer Pledge to demonstrate their commitment to creating a workplace free from stigma and discrimination. Together, we can create a working environment that is supportive and understanding towards employees experiencing mental health problems.
Employee Champions drive change internally and help to embed positive changes within their workplace through tackling mental health stigma and instigating initiatives to improve wellbeing amongst their fellow employees.
At Time to Change, we support Employee Champions by providing them with resources for the workplace, support, good practice advice, peer networking and learning opportunities.
Why do we need Employee Champions?
We all get stressed or low sometimes (even our colleagues who seem to be on top of everything!). But people also often experience more serious mental health problems while working, and too many of them feel unable to reach out to their colleagues and speak truthfully about their experiences.
Our research confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers.
- 1 in 6 workers experience depression, stress or anxiety.
- Mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK.
- 1 in 10 people have resigned a job due to stress, 1 in 4 have thought about it.
- 19% of staff feel they can’t speak to managers about stress at work.
Mental health problems need not prevent many people performing effectively and efficiently at work. In fact, many people are able to sustain successful careers while experiencing mental illness.. Yet despite this, there is still a widespread stigma around mental ill health at work and a prevailing culture of low expectations. We spend up to 60% of our waking hours at work. We may be professionals, but we are also people, and we need to be supported in our roles and in our lives.
The strength behind this campaign lies in the voices of thousands of people who believe that change must happen. We need you to join our collective call for change and to carry that voice into your workplace. We will support you every step of the way whilst equipping you with the skills and knowledge to run campaign activity in your workplace – what we need as a movement is like minded people who have the passion to create change. Making a commitment and getting the conversation started is your first step.
Why become an Employee Champion?
What could you gain from being a champion?
- The knowledge that you are part of a once in a lifetime movement to create positive change.
- Being part of a professional network of like-minded individuals where you can learn and share knowledge.
- Increasing your understanding around wellbeing and fighting mental health stigma in the workplace.
- Developing skills outside of your role and learning from your peers.
- Increased confidence in public speaking about issues you are passionate about.
- Helping to end mental health stigma in your workplace.