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Trust pledges support for Time to Change
04/02/2016

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has lent its support to a national campaign designed to tackle the stigma surrounding mental ill health by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

Chief Executive Michael Scott signed the pledge in the run up to national Time to Talk Day, which takes place today, 4 February. It was witnessed by NSFT Time to Change Employee Champions Karen Lane (Clinical Support Worker, Bury St Edmunds), and Amanda Turner (Assistant Practitioner, Bury St Edmunds), who were joined by some of the Trust’s Peer Support Workers.

The pledge underlines the Trust’s commitment to reducing stigma around mental ill health, with a particular focus on the workplace.

By signing, the Trust has joined a growing movement of more than 300 employers in England to take the pledge and commit to tackling discrimination while keeping their staff well at work. 

The Trust will now show its commitment to the pledge by developing an action plan of anti-stigma activities it will undertake.

Michael Scott said: “Although mental health problems are common, nearly nine out of every ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. In some situations, this can be even worse than the symptoms themselves.

“We are committed to working together to tackle this discrimination, and fully support Time to Change, which is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma.

“By signing this pledge, we are publicly showing our support for the campaign, as well as the importance we place on safeguarding the mental health of our staff.

“Conversations about mental health can help strengthen friendships, aid recovery and break down stereotypes, so we would encourage everyone to get involved with this fantastic initiative and help take the stigma out of something which affects so many.” ​