University Pledges to Tackle Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace
The University has signed the Time for Change Wales Employer Pledge.
The pledge is a public declaration that the University is committed to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination around mental health and is accompanied by an action plan outlining the steps that Bangor University will take as part of the pledge.
Time to Change Wales is funded by the Welsh Government and delivered jointly by Adferiad/Recovery and Mind Cymru, and recently delivered an awareness session to Bangor University’s new staff wellbeing champions and wellbeing coaches.
Speaking at the launch, Rachelle Bright of Time to Change Wales said, "Time to Change Wales is delighted to support Bangor University in further helping to break the silence around mental health. Imagine if every organisation in Wales made a public pledge to tackle stigma: employers big and small, councils, universities, football clubs, places of worship, charities… that would send a powerful message that mental health is something that can be talked about, and that stigma and discrimination are not welcome!"
Professor Andrew Edwards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for driving Bangor University’s health and wellbeing agenda said, “This pledge is a public commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level of Bangor University.
“In order to sign the Pledge we submitted an action plan detailing what we will do. These include making mental health and wellbeing part of the induction process, encouraging staff to share narratives about how they support their own mental health and wellbeing, organising events and training around these subjects, signposting, and general awareness raising across the university. I hope we will all continue to reflect on how we communicate with and support one another over the coming years.”