We’re making a pledge, will you?

Today (10 October) is World Mental Health Day and we’re making a commitment to sign the Time to Change pledge to end mental health discrimination. VC, Tony Ryan and SU Officers

Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

Our pledge involves developing a University-wide plan detailing the actions we will undertake to address mental health issues.

Throughout the autumn, colleagues in Human Resources will work with Students' Union Officers; our Equality and Diversity Board; and Student Services, who are looking at Time to Change as part of their mental health strategy for students, to develop the plan seeking input from staff, following which we will formally sign the Time to Change pledge.

To mark the beginning of our commitment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett met with Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Chair of our University’s Equality and Diversity Board, Professor Tony Ryan, and Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Tom Harrison.

“We are committed to supporting staff and students to achieve their potential, and to building a fully inclusive environment where everyone can flourish and succeed,” said Professor Tony Ryan.

Did you know? One in six British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year. (Source: Time to Change)

“We all have mental health, whether good or bad. At the Students' Union today students will be marking their commitment to ending stigma of mental health by sharing stories and experiences of helping others through mental health difficulties,” said Welfare Officer, Tom Harrison.

“We invite you to take part in World Mental Health Day 2014 at the Students’ Union and share your ideas with members from our Mental Health Matters Society and Welfare Committee. Sign your own personal pledge and help to end stigma surrounding mental ill-health,” added Tom.

We'll post further information about the progress of our pledge and action plan in due course; in the meantime, here's a short video from Time to Change about the importance of looking out for our mates: