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NHS community trust says it’s Time to Change

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Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge at its Trust Headquarters on 6 February 2020.

By signing the pledge, the organisation which employs 3,000 staff, has committed to increasing its focus on mental health in the workplace, joining a growing movement of over 1000 organisations nationwide.

Thea Stein, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Healthcare, said: “I’m delighted that we have joined this social movement. We know if colleagues feel supported it increases the quality of care to patients.  Mental health is as important as physical health and it’s something we are keen to promote to colleagues and within the wider community.”

Time to Change, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, has been supporting employers to create a more open and understanding culture around mental health problems in the workplace since 2009. Organisations who have signed up to the pledge employ over two million people.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, added: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we work with employers to encourage staff at all levels 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 Leeds Community Healthcare taking the lead.”

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