Carers Trust South East Wales (CTSEW) has committed to ending discrimination faced by people with mental health problems by today signing an employer pledge with Time to Change Wales.

Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems, and is delivered by two of Wales’ leading mental health charities, Hafal and Mind Cymru.

By signing the pledge, CTSEW is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health at work.

CTSEW has pledged their support to Time to Change Wales, with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace. CTSEW joins over 150 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change Wales pledge, including Welsh Government, Lloyds Bank, Admiral Insurance, Transport for Wales and Cardiff University.

Lowri Wyn Jones, Programme Manager for Time to Change Wales said: “We are delighted that Carers Trust South East Wales have made a pledge to take positive steps to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in their organisation. We have worked with CTSEW to develop a comprehensive action plan to sit at the heart of their pledge so that practical action is taken to tackle stigma at every level of the organisation. Mental health problems is the leading cause of sickness absence in the workplace, with 1 in 6 workers experiencing symptoms of depression, stress or anxiety. The cost of mental health problems in Wales is estimated at £7.2 billion a year in loss of output, healthcare bills and social benefits; which is why there is both a strong moral and business case to step up and create more mentally healthy workplaces.”

Donna Gilbert, Head of People and Organisational Development for CTSEW said: “We are delighted to have been joined today by our PIECE Forum members, employees from across our organisation, representatives from our Board of Trustees and our CEO to pledge our commitment to Time to Change Wales. 

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved today, but especially Rachelle Bright, Ceri Williams and Stuart Lewis from Time to Change Wales for supporting us with our journey to this point and for making our pledge signing event a great success. We sincerely hope our commitment and pledge will encourage our employees to talk about mental health and that it will help to break down the stigma of mental health in the workplace.”