SUSU sign up to mental health anti-stigma pledge

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SUSU, University of Southampton Students’ Union, today joined the growing number of companies committing to end the stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental health problems by signing a pledge with Time to Change, which is a programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The signing ceremony will take place in the Cube at SUSU on the 10 May from 11.45-12.15pm and representatives from SUSU will pledge their support to ‘Time to Change’, promoting a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and welfare advice to their staff.

SUSU VP Welfare, Beckie Thomas said: “Studying at University provides new challenges for all of us. It is vital that students are provided with a great deal of support with both physical and mental health problems; without discrimination. I’m incredibly proud to be signing this pledge on behalf of SUSU, agreeing to work in partnership with the University to encourage conversations about mental health, which will help us to give every student the experience they deserve during their time with us.”

SUSU  joins the wide movement of organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including the FA, the Premier League, BT, E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Citizen’s Advice, Accenture, Shell, Pepsico, The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England, Channel 4, Lloyds, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “It is fantastic that more and more organisations are showing their support in tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems. Employers and their staff can all play a part in helping to stamp out stigma and companies like SUSU are taking a lead.

“Many leading companies have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only has benefits for their staff but also benefits their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in four people experiencing mental illness it’s time for businesses to work on their approach and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.”

Time to Change is England’s biggest anti-stigma programme led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change promotes better understanding to combat discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems.

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