UK Music signs up to Time to Change Employer Pledge

Improving workplace wellbeing on World Mental Health Day

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09/10/17: UK Music is signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge and joining the campaign to transform how we think about mental health.

Our move comes on the eve of World Mental Health Day on October 10 and this year's theme of workplace wellbeing.

We are hoping firms across the music industry who have not yet signed up to the idea will join us and the 500+ employers who are already backing the pledge.

Signing the Pledge requires workplaces to work with Time to Change to develop an action plan to help get employees to talk about mental health.

This can mean running small events to encourage people to talk about mental health or larger undertakings, such as training line managers to feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with employees.

Once the action plan is finalised, firms get a Pledge board to show their commitment to helping eradicate any stigma around mental health in the workplace.

Backing the pledge helps organisations show their commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and ensure that employees who might face mental health issues feel supported.

Around one in four workers are affected by conditions like depression, anxiety and stress every year. Mental health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, cost an average of £1,035 per employee every year.

You can find out more about the Time to Change Employer Pledge here.

Founded and run by the music industry, the aim of the charity's campaign is to reassure people with mental health issues that help and support is at hand.

The 24/7 Music Support  helpline is open to anybody in the industry who might be struggling with addictions or mental health issues and needs support.

You can find out more about Music Support and donate to help its work here.

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