Pledge to change how we think about mental health

On February 7th, National Time to Talk Day, Vanguard Security Services Limited will sign an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems.

By signing, Vanguard is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. The signing ceremony will take place at Vanguard Security, 6 Valencia Court, Normanton WF6 1ZD from 1pm on 7th February and representatives from Vanguard will pledge their support to Time to Change with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.

An informal afternoon with an open invitation to call in for refreshments and a chat on how Vanguard aim to end the stigma of mental health with open conversation. Claire Sutherley, Director, said: “The stigma of Mental Health in the workplace needs to end. In our industry, lone working and shift work can be ideal conditions for mental health issues to come to the surface and we would like to give our employees support and the opportunity to talk about their concerns openly and without prejudice.”

Vanguard joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including EON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employers 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 Vanguard Security 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.”

Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.