It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about improving mental health and wellbeing at work

By Nick Batten on 4 February, 2021

West of England businesses are being encouraged to seek support to help them respond to their employees’ mental health concerns, as part of today –  national Time to Talk Day.

Advice is available through the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA’s) Thrive at Work West of England programme, which aims to address the key mental health issues that businesses say are affecting their employees.

Training is targeted towards small and medium-sized businesses and ethnic minority-led companies to help support those who may have been impacted the most by Covid-19. It features e-learning to equip managers with the confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with their staff about mental health and wellbeing. The package of support, including training resources, is available through WECA’s West of England Growth Hub website.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said, “Mental health and wellbeing can have a huge impact on individuals, employers, and the wider economy. Time to Talk Day is a good opportunity for businesses to find out more about the wide range of mental health support available. Even just a short conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. The e-learning content has been written by the charity Mind – one of the leading mental health organisations behind Time to Talk Day.”

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, added, “The last year has been incredibly tough for us all and it’s never been more important to have a conversation about mental health.

“It’s easy to think we haven’t got the power to make a change in our workplaces, particularly when we’re adapting to many new ways of working, but lots of ‘small’ conversations can add up to a big difference in tackling the stigma too many people still experience because of their mental health.”

Thrive at Work, and other packages of business support, can be accessed through WECA’s regional Growth Hub support offer which has been expanded to help businesses through Covid-19.

For more information about Time to Talk Day, please visit: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Pictured above: Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor