8 May 2015

Principality tackles stigma in the workplace

Principality Building Society has announced its commitment to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace by signing the Time to Change Wales pledge.

Wales’ largest building society signed the pledge at its Whitchurch branch, to show that the business is taking action to reduce mental health discrimination in the workplace.

Time to Change Wales (TTCW) is run by the leading mental health charities Hafal, Gofal and Mind Cyrmu, which is Principality’s 2015 Charity of the Year. These three charities decided to work together, combining their knowledge, skills and expertise, in the biggest attempt yet in Wales to end the discrimination that surrounds mental health.

James Harper from Principality Building Society, said: “We have around 1,000 employees at Principality and the health and wellbeing of our workforce is extremely important to us. 

“We are committed to promoting good mental health throughout the organisation and are proud to be a Time to Change Wales Pledge organisation helping to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales.”

The pledge is backed by a comprehensive action plan detailing the tangible anti stigma activity the organisation intends to deliver. Principality has announced a number of measures including creating a network of Time to Change Wales champions in its head office and branches, holding a mental health awareness week, mental health first aid training for staff and a range of wellbeing activities.

Antony Metcalfe Programme Manager TTCW said: “Mental health problems are more common than most people realise and in any one year 1 in 6 of the Welsh workforce will experience a mental health problem, but 9 out of 10 will experience stigma in the workforce. This has an impact on staff but also the employer and in 2013 an estimated 15.2million days were lost to stress, anxiety and depression across the UK workforce. 

“TTCW wants to break down the stigma and discrimination across all areas of Welsh society and this includes the workplace. Our pledge is a symbol of commitment from employers that they will work in partnership with the campaign to embed our messaging that it’s good to talk about mental health, we are honoured that Principality has signed the pledge and we look forward to working in partnership with them as a member of a growing band of organisations that are pledging to end mental health stigma and discrimination across their workplaces.”   

You can find out about Time to Change Wales by visiting www.timetochangewales.org.uk

Published: 08/05/2015