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McVitie's promotes mental health initiative

09 February 2019

Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council and Chair of Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "Just like physical health, we all have mental health and we believe that equal importance should be placed on the physical and mental wellbeing of all our employees".

She told Heart likes, follows and shares can stop us having ACTUAL conversations: "I think when it comes to mental health conversations, rather than having those surface level conversation that you have with people on social media it's about having meaningful conversation with people". The charity's message is a simple one: that whether it's close friends having tea and biscuits, or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, they want people to get talking. Working alongside Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust, this sees a police officer and mental health nurse providing face-to-face care for those in crisis. 80% of respondents said they had noticed an overall increase in awareness of mental health generally in the United Kingdom, however a staggering 62% said they noticed no change in the levels of awareness in the workplace.

As part of this there are an increasing number of volunteer Blue Light Champions within the force to offer specialist peer support to colleagues.

Jo Loughran, director of Time to Change added: "We are delighted McVitie's is contributing to our Time to Talk Chatter Box initiative, helping us provide the right tools for people to open up to mental health problems, talk and to listen".

Last year Ford partnered with *Time to Change, producing a national awareness film promoting the front seat of a vehicle as a safe space to talk after research, conducted by Ford, found that over two-thirds (67 per cent) of people said they were more comfortable talking about issues when in a vehicle. Supporting our employees' mental health will continue to be a business imperative for Accenture, because it helps our people to live fulfilling, productive lives.

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Chief Constable Winton Keenen said, along with the public, it was vital that emergency services personnel have access to mental health services.

"The welfare of officers and staff is also a priority and it is vitally important they have support networks in place should they need them". This is nothing to be ashamed of and we should not be afraid to openly talk about it.

Wrexham's Assembly Member is backing a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

Time to Talk Day was established six years ago.

McVitie's promotes mental health initiative