Mental Health - Time to Change Pledge


"At the University we are committed to supporting staff and students to achieve their potential, and to building an fully inclusive environment where all can flourish and succeed" Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Tony Ryan

TTC1 in 4 people in the wider population are affected by Mental Health issues each year, and 9 out of 10 face discrimination and stigma as a direct result of Mental Health issues (Time to Change).

We are aware that Mental Health is an area in which members of our University community may need additional support to work and study. To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2014, we committed to work alongside the University of Sheffield Student’s Union to sign up to the ‘Time To Change’ pledge.

Time to Change is a national organisation jointly run by Mind and ReThink Mental Health, two national mental health charities working to end mental health discrimination amongst individuals and organisations, by raising awareness and providing information and resources to empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue. The ‘Time to Change Pledge’ has been signed by over 200 organisations, as a public statement of our aspirations to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it (see list of signatories).

The Pledge involves developing an aspirational University wide plan detailing actions we will undertake to address mental health issues. Throughout Autumn 2014 University colleagues have been working together with HR to develop the plan including priority staff and student issues. Following which the Pledge was formally signed by the University as a visible symbol of our intention to address mental health issues across the University. The pledge was signed on the 17th of December by Professor Sir Keith Burnett & Jaki Booth.

Pledge Signing

Left to right: Jaki Booth, Louise Knowles, Tom Harrison, Deborah Green, Andy Dodman, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Mark Morley, Julie Campbell and Chetna Patel Signing the pledge on 17th December 2014.

You can find the Action Plan in a downloadable form on the right hand side of this page along with some quotes from the disabled staff network.

Visit our Equality & Diversity webpages and follow @ShefUniEandD for updates on our Mental Health work and wider Equality work, including gender and LGBT activity.

The Students’ Union has been and will be continuing to conduct consultations with students and student groups on our own action plan. We invite you to sign your own personal pledge and help to end stigma surrounding mental ill-health.