Future First signs Time to Change pledge

Education charity’s Chair signs commitment to promote good mental health in the workplace and break down mental health stigma.

Future First has today signed the national Time to Change pledge and thrown its support behind the fight to break down the barriers around mental health in the workplace and increase awareness about the issue.

Signing the commitment to embed the pledge into the charity’s organisational culture, Future First’s Chair, Christine Gilbert, said: “I’m delighted to sign the Time to Change pledge as a public declaration of how Future First wants to step up to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.  We are deeply committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and the wider community with which we work.”

Lorraine, Future First’s Chief Executive, added: “Many people suffer from mental health problems at some time in their life. It’s time we talked more openly about it.

“Future First is proud to take the Time to Change pledge as we want to be an employer that models good practice and creates a supportive environment in which our staff can succeed and thrive.”

Time to Change is a campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It aims to improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems and reduce the amount of discrimination they suffer in their personal relationships, social lives and at work.

Future First works with hundreds of state schools and colleges across the country to link young people with alumni and employers. The charity’s vision is for a world where a young person’s start in life does not limit their future. The importance of good mental health is central to this work, with the programmes the charity runs in schools focused on building confidence, motivation and inspiration among students.