Time to Change is a growing movement of people addressing how we all think and act regarding mental health. It is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands of organisations are joining to help make change happen.
This year’s theme is 'mental health in the workplace’ and activities at Churchill will include Tea & Talk sessions, mental health quizzes and life coaching. Each region has an allocated Churchill Champion for Mental Health Awareness who is organising events on a local level, while the entire group will be encouraged to take part in Meditation Month, which is running for the whole of October. Churchill colleagues are being asked to try and take 10 minutes out of each working day to devote to meditation and mindfulness.
Whether it affects you directly or someone in your family, a friend, colleague or partner, 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems every year. It is an issue that touches all our lives and Churchill’s message to all colleagues is that you don't have to be an expert to have a positive impact. Sometimes all it takes is asking someone how they're doing, sharing a cup of tea and listening without judgement. If a team mate is acting differently, step in – having a colleague in your corner can make all the difference.
My entire HR team, and in particular our Churchill Champions for Mental Health Awareness (Rebekah Gray, HR Training Manager and Izzy Williams, Group Admin and Training Officer) are committed to raising mental health awareness and promoting positive initiatives across our whole organisation.
Melanie Taylor, Group HR Director