World Mental Health Day 2017: It’s Time to Change


Mental health is an issue we can’t afford to ignore – not least on World Mental Health Day 2017. The theme of the annual awareness day this year is ‘mental health in the workplace’.

• 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year.
• Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year.
• 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason.

That’s why we’ve committed to Time to Change’s employers pledge. This is a statement of commitment to tackling mental health discrimination. It demonstrates to staff, service users, Trust members and the local community that we are leading the way in addressing stigma and discrimination.

Looking after your mental health can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, staff wellbeing and productivity, and retention. Since signing the employer pledge, 95% of employers said it had a positive impact on their organisation.

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World Mental Health Day 2017: It’s Time to Change

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