Time Jones, Sue Baker and Alastair Campbell

Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign, this morning (Thursday 17th May) opened trading on the London Stock Exchange. The celebration was held to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year focuses on stress.

The market opening ceremony highlighted the importance of promoting a ‘mentally healthy’ workplace and ensuring that employees facing these issues feel supported to speak out, should they choose. Attendees included a range of influential leaders from the worlds of business and mental health.

As part of the celebrations, London Stock Exchange Group signed the Time to Change employer pledge, demonstrating their commitment to opening up the conversation about mental health in the workplace.

London Stock Exchange Group is one of 40 organisations to sign the Time to Change pledge during Mental Health Awareness Week, taking the total number of signatories to over 800. Other organisations in the movement include E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, WH Smiths and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Sue Baker OBE, Global Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, particularly at work, which is why we’re supporting employers to create more open working environments. We’re thrilled to mark mental health awareness week by opening the UK financial markets and welcoming a host of new employers, including London Stock Exchange Group, to our pledge.

“More employers are becoming attuned to the topic of mental health, and recognising the value in taking action and looking after the wellbeing of their workforce. Making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention.”