The Telegraph newspaper group became the 1000th employer to sign the Time to Change employer pledge at a signing ceremony held at their headquarters in London on Wednesday 9 January.

By signing the Time to Change Employers Pledge, The Telegraph has committed to tackling stigma and improving workplace mental health and wellbeing. They join  a growing movement of organisations that together, employ over two million people including Tesco, The Bank of England, Barclays, IBM,  SKY, Channel 4, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Stagecoach UK, Shell, Pepsico,  Marks and Spencer, all National Government Departments, and many NHS trusts, universities, schools and local authorities.

Since 2009, Time to Change has been supporting employers to a create more open and understanding cultures around mental health problems in the workplace, assisting employers to develop their workplace wellbeing interventions and action plans and providing a range of free resources, training and networking events.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change said: “We’re delighted that The Telegraph marks the 1000th employer to take the Time to Change Employers Pledge. By signing the pledge, The Telegraph are showing a real commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.”

“We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we work with employers to encourage staff at all levels 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 The Telegraph 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."

Gnosoulla Tsioupra-Lewis, Chief People Officer, The Telegraph said "This pledge is another important step in The Telegraph's ongoing commitment to support mental health and wellbeing in our workplace, alongside the many practical initiatives we’ve introduced for our employees’.

The Telegraph sign in advance of Time to Talk Day, being held this year on Thursday 7 February. Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health. People can struggle to talk about mental health, so this year, Time to Change is highlighting that there are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk. For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday