Agency nursing provider Local Care Force has today on World Mental health Day, signed 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, Local Care Force is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Amelia Greewood-Blott, Senior Regional Clinical Lead Nurse for Local Care Force, said; “This year we have committed to prioritising mental health in the workplace and signing the Employer Pledge with Time to Change is an important step towards this. We intend to normalise the conversation about mental health in the workplace and have prepared an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds this issue. This further underpins the commitment we made earlier in the year when we launched our Address Your Stress initiative to help our staff maintain their own wellbeing. We have introduced mental health first-aid training which has bolstered the existing support and well-being programmes we already have in place for our staff across the business.”
Local Care Force joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, 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 Local Care Force 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.
Established in 2004, Local Care Force has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. It supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors and is the preferred supplier of many large private, public and charitable organisations, providing temporary and permanent staffing solutions, including qualified and specialist Nurses through to Care and Support Workers. Local Care Force has just under 50 employees and over 1800 staff working for them.