1 year on. The road to mental health awareness.

Ellena Tangi

October 10, 2017

A year ago today, staff at CarmichaelUK committed to talking openly about mental health by signing the Time to Change pledge, an initiative that opens up the conversation about mental health and how we can come together to support those who need it. Today also marks World Mental Health Day, and at CarmichaelUK we’re working hard to be an inclusive and understanding employer.

We recognise that mental health problems in the workplace are common and can be a leading cause of absences. Around 70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental health issues in the UK and since 2016, our staff have taken part in a number of activities to make our workplace a truly inclusive place to be.

Staff at our London office enjoy some time out at one of our regular wellbeing sessions.

Work on our Time to Change action plan began with the appointment of our Mind & Well-being Champion, Agne Cimkiene. Agne leads our Compliance department and as part of our Celebrate Diversity team helps to embed diversity and inclusion practices throughout our business and support staff and candidates at every stage of the mental health spectrum. Agne, along with other managers in the company has received awareness training from Mind, the charity for mental health. In the past 12 months, we have introduced company wellbeing sessions which aim to take people away from the pressures of work, remind them that they always have access to support and encourage them to talk about any concerns they may have. Additionally, relevant reading materials are distributed and made available to all staff. Raising awareness of mental health and the available support has extended beyond our staff, to our candidates too with information and advice posted on our contractors online portal and the introduction of branded stress balls to raise awareness about our Celebrate initiative in our client’s offices and on construction sites.

Since 2007, Time to Change has been changing the attitudes and behaviour of millions of people across the country. Their objectives are to:

  • Ensure workplaces across England open up to mental health problems and encourage staff to talk and to listen.
  • Work with hundreds of schools to change the way children, parents and teachers think and act about mental health problems.

We are incredibly proud to be supporting Time to Change, to learn more about the initiative, you can visit the website here.