Promat UK sign Time to Change pledge on mental health

By Promat 21/10/2019

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Promat UK Limited recently signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing the pledge, Promat UK is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.

The signing ceremony took place at the company’s Heywood Site on 24th October and representatives from Promat UK pledged their support to Time to Change with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.

Zoe Keogh, HR Manager said: “Promat UK is proud to support Time to Change through this pledge. Promat is a global brand of the Etex Group and as an organisation our values are incredibly important to us. One of our key values is Connect and Care and we see this pledge as our commitment to care for our employees through promoting good mental health within our organisation. We aim to encourage all our employees to talk about their mental health and provide them with a safe environment in which to do so. Since February 2019 we have trained nine of our line managers to become Mental Health First Aiders, giving all our employees across all departments someone to talk to always should they need to. 

In addition to this, we have partnered with Able Futures, which provides our employees with The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. This service is a vital tool in ensuring all Promat UK employees gain access to support for a mental health condition. Our employees are contacted within 24 hours after self-referral and therefore have significantly faster access to professional support by using this service. This has helped us have a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.”

Promat UK joins the wide movement of over 450 organisations that have signed up to the Time to Change pledge, including E.ON, British Gas, Ernst & Young, Transport for London, Royal Mail, Barclays, Shell, Pepsico, the Church of England, Sunday Mirror, Marks and Spencer, and many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities.

Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: “We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we’re supporting employers 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 Promat UK taking the lead.

“Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness it's time for businesses to make a change and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces."

Time to Change is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change supports communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems; to talk and to listen.

Based at its HQ and manufacturing plant at Heywood near Manchester, Promat UK is a market leader in thermal, fire and acoustic protection solutions. Part of global Etex Group, the company manufactures high performance insulation and passive fire protection products for numerous hi-tech, engineering and industrial applications, as well as the building sector. These range from Formula One racing, train rolling stock and aircraft manufacture, to offshore wind turbines, the nuclear industry and white goods.