Pullman Liverpool has signed an employer pledge to encourage its staff to open up about mental health problems.
The four-star hotel on Liverpool’s waterfront has partnered with Time to Change, a social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and has pledged to undertake an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
Neil Brailsford, General Manager at Pullman Liverpool, said: “Employers must take ownership and responsibility for supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of its people. With one in six employees in the UK experiencing mental health problems, we must strive to ensure people are happy and healthy when at work.
“This year we will be prioritising the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees. We will be training all of our Line Managers in identifying, supporting and normalising mental ill health. We will be committing to the introduction of mental health champions and first aiders as well as working closely with a number of external organisations to enhance best practice across all of our in-house procedures.”
Pullman Liverpool Hotel joins the wide movement of over 10,000 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employers to open up; to talk and to listen. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless, but with the right support, those of us with mental health problems can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life. Everyone’s attitude makes a difference and it’s fantastic to see organisations like Pullman Liverpool Hotel taking the lead.
“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness it’s time for businesses to make a change and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.”
Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen