Time to Change
Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in Wales. The campaign is being led by Wales’ three leading mental health charities, Gofal, Hafal and Mind Cymru, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and the Welsh Government.
The Time to Change organisational pledge is a public statement of aspiration that an organisation wants to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, and aligns Cardiff University with a major national movement for change.
The signing of the Organisational Pledge event took place on Monday 2 June. Professor Treasure, Deputy Vice-Chancellor signed the pledge for staff, and Helen Dent, Vice President Welfare, Students' Union, signed the pledge for students. The event was very well supported with over 30 people present.
Programme Manager Antony Metcalfe said:
“We’re delighted that Cardiff University has taken action to end mental health stigma by signing the Time to Change Wales Organisational Pledge.
In addition to sending out a message that we need to talk about mental health in the workplace, signing the pledge is also a commitment to developing an action plan and putting in place concrete policies and actions, which will make a real difference to staff and people who come into contact with the university, who have experienced mental health problems. We’re looking forward to working with Cardiff University to develop that plan and help end mental health stigma.”
Research carried out by Time to Change Wales in 2013 revealed that almost half of people with mental health problems felt that stigma had prevented them from working. To find out more, visit www.bit.ly/justbeafriend.