Sector: 
Charity
Date of Pledge: 
28/02/2019

About this pledge

Did you know that one of four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime?

That’s a lot of people – meaning almost all of us are likely to have someone we know whether they are family, friends or colleagues, whose lives have been touched by these often invisible, but very real conditions.

Therefore, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust are proud to be signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge which publicly demonstrates a commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and ensuring that employees and volunteers whom are facing these problems feel supported.

The Dockyard are the first heritage organisation to take this step in signing the pledge.

Stigma and discrimination still exist when it comes to mental health, particularly in the workplace where we spend such a big part of our lives. Therefore, tackling stigma, promoting awareness and developing a safe, open and supportive environment where our employees and volunteers feel able to talk openly about their mental health problems is a priority within our organisation.

So what does signing the Pledge mean?

This Pledge means that when the time comes, and someone needs support with their health – physical or mental – it’s there and all managers know exactly how to help.  Most importantly, we recognise that people are individuals and there’s not a “one size fits all” approach – it’s about making sure people have access to the right support, at the right time, and in a way, which suits them.

As an organisation we also see mental health as just part of our employees and volunteer’s overall wellbeing and helping keep our people fit, healthy and happy is playing a particularly important role in our pledge and ongoing support of those that work for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.