NEA sign ‘Time to Change’ pledge to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination

NEA Annual Cenference and Exhibition 2018, at Nottingham Conference Centre.

It is with great pride that we announce that NEA have signed the Time to Change Employer pledge at our National Conference. Time to Change is an organisation that works closely with leading mental health charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. The Pledge signals NEA’s commitment to changing how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.

By signing the Pledge, NEA has joined a growing movement of more than 800 employers in England across all sectors from FTSE 100 companies and leading retailers to Government departments and local authorities.

Mental health is an issue that NEA can’t afford to ignore:

  • 1 in 6 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
  • Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
  • 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason

Encouraging employees to talk about their mental health can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, staff wellbeing and productivity. It also means that employees are more likely to seek support before reaching crisis point resulting in them being signed off sick for longer periods.

Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of National Energy Action (NEA) comments: “As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting employee’s mental health, the inclusivity working group has developed a Time to Change action plan which has been endorsed by our Senior Management Team and approved by Time To Change. Work on mental health awareness has already begun with training being delivered in the past and with more scheduled in January 2019. NEA will be recruiting employee champions which all staff will be invited to be involved in activities to promote mental health in the workplace. Mental health is a huge issue disproportionately felt by those in fuel poverty. By talking honestly and openly about mental health as an organisation, we hope to break down the stigma which is often associated with mental health to not only support our own staff but also stakeholders that we work with day in day out”.

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