Time to Change: Kingston Council pledges to tackle mental health stigma

Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council and Ian Thomas, Chief Executive sign the Time to Change pledge.

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Council, and Ian Thomas, Chief Executive, are encouraging local employers to follow suit following the signing of the Time to Change pledge.

The signing, which took place at Guildhall in Kingston town centre today (11 June), follows hot on the heels of the creation of a new mental health hub in the borough, funded by Time to Change.

On signing the pledge, Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“We’re making great strides in raising the profile of mental health and opening up the conversation about reducing stigma and what support is available. I’m incredibly proud of the partnership response of the Time to Change mental health hub, which launched in February and this next step sees the council recognise the importance of ensuring staff and councillors feel supported in terms of their own mental health so that they deliver the best for residents.

"Each of the council’s strategic committees has an appointed mental health champion councillor, which is a further commitment to improving the mental health of everyone in the borough. I look forward to seeing more local employers sign up to the Time to Change employer pledge.”

Co-signing the pledge, Ian Thomas, Chief Executive of Kingston Council, added:

“One in four of us will experience a mental health problem this year. It is our responsibility to make sure that, as one of the largest employers in the borough, we’re ensuring our teams feel supported at work. I am personally delighted to have signed the pledge, which signals a step change in tackling mental health stigma across the council.”

As part of the Time to Change employer pledge, the council is set to offer opportunities for staff to become mental health champions, as well as promoting local support services and providing managers with tools to discuss mental health with their teams.

Businesses are invited to take part in the first Kingston Business Wellbeing Network event on 19 June to find out more about the important work of the Time to Change initiative.

To find out more about the employer pledge, visit the Time to Change website.