Club And Foundation Sign Time To Change Employer Pledge
Newcastle United and Newcastle United Foundation have committed to the mental wellbeing of their employees by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
With 1 in 4 British workers affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress each year both organisations are working to ensure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
Mental Health First Aid in the work place has been an integral part of the activity taking place, with a qualified member of the Foundation team offering Mental Health First Aid training to staff at the charity and the Club, to help raise awareness.
Across St. James’ Park, the Training Centre, the Academy and Lemington Football Centre there are now 8 Time to Change Champions and 15 staff trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Other activity taking place includes:
- Mental Health Awareness Campaigns on the staff intranet
- Self Help Support Signposting
- HR staff engaged in Mental Health First Aid Training
- Staff sharing their experiences to feature in a city wide Mental Health Campaign
- Counselling is available to staff who find themselves needing bespoke support
- Supporting Awareness Day events, such as Time to Talk, Suicide Prevention, World Mental Health Day
The aim is that by breaking down the stigma of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace Newcastle United and Newcastle United Foundation can create an environment where mental health can be openly discussed and support is available to staff that need it.
Nicole Atkin, Head of Business Development at Newcastle United Football Club, said: “Newcastle United is proud to sign the Time to Change pledge, alongside our Foundation, to make a commitment to the mental wellbeing of our staff. We want our staff to know that there is support for them if they need it.”
Ashley Lowe, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, added: “Mental health and wellbeing is something we want our staff to feel at ease talking about. It’s a huge part of everyday life and not just for our staff. The children, young people and adults that we work with might be facing their own difficulties and, by raising awareness of support available with our staff and using the skills they have developed on their Mental Health First Aid training, we aim to help others feel more comfortable discussing mental health.”
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