Time to Talk 2020

  • Posted by: Kat Oakley
Time To Talk Day 2020

Time to Talk 2020

What is Time to Talk day?

Time to Talk is a social movement that is working to change the way we think and act about mental health problems.

Many people still don’t believe mental health relevant to them and believe it won’t affect them or people they know. However, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem every year. 

No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.

Support for Employers:

Recruitment

  • Since the Equality Act 2010 came into effect, it is unlawful for employers to ask questions about health during the recruitment process.
  • Candidates can disclose their mental health if they wish to.
  • Employers have a duty to ensure that if the candidate does disclose mental health issues; they are not discriminated against.
  • During the recruitment process communicate the business’ commitment to equal opportunities and how the business’ value staff mental health.

Reasonable Adjustments

  • The Equality Act 2010 also states employers must make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities.

A few examples of changes that might help someone with a mental health condition:

  • Extending flexible working policies to allow commuting outside of rush hours
  • Allowing staff to take time off for appointments
  • Making changes to their working area
  • Allowing staff to work at home on occasion if this is helpful

Training

  • It’s important to train staff on mental health and promote mental wellbeing, raise awareness, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. 
  • By training staff, they can spot signs and symptoms of mental illness in their team, and feel confident in discussing this with those who are struggling before it become more challenging.

Free resources to help you take care of business

The mental health charity, Mind, have produced a series of free resources to help improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Free resources to help you take care of business

Support for Employees:

Mind:

  • Mind explains the laws protect you from discrimination at work, what to do if you are discriminated against, and where you can get support and advice.
  • Mind also has a legal advice department that provides information and general advice on mental health-related law covering mental health, human rights, discrimination, and equality.
  • ‘How to be Mentally Healthy at Work’ is a guide created by Mind. It includes information about managing stress, workplace relationships, and advice on returning to work after time away.

Gov.uk:

  • Explains your rights and what to do if you feel you’ve been discriminated.

Equality and Human Rights Commission:

  • The EHRC has produced a series of guides to explain your rights under the Equality Act 2010. They cover recruitment, pay, management and many other topics.
Author: Kat Oakley