Last week, Derby Homes joined hundreds of other organisations, schools and members of the public, who all had conversations about mental health on Time to Talk Day. A special employee briefing planned for the day by Derby Homes also included the official announcement that they signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

In doing this, Derby Homes joined the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas , Transport for London and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

1 in 6 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year, with mental ill-health being the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason.

Maria Murphy, Managing Director at Derby Homes said:

“We took part in Time to Talk Day because mental health is a topic that we should all feel able to talk about. Tackling stigma and discrimination and developing a culture where our employees feel able to talk openly about their mental health problems is a priority for us, as part of wider health initiatives. Having these all important conversations can make a big difference to many people. The more we talk, the more lives we can change.”

Time to Change is a campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It 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.

Visit the website to find out more about Time to Talk day and the Time to Change campaign.