A COMPANY has signed a pledge to support its employees with their mental health in the workplace.

Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL), has signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, a social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up about mental illness.

By signing, BPL has committed to encourage positive change around the way people think and act about mental health in the workplace.

The signing took place at BPL’s Core Value Awards ceremony, which recognises and celebrates success within employees, on Friday. BPL plans to share its action plan of activities, which will support the company in breaking the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.

Tim Wilson, chief executive of BPL, signed the pledge at the awards. “It is important for us to embrace this project to enable our staff to recognise when they need help and when to ask for it,” he said.

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“This project is also about giving our staff the tools to recognise when their co-workers need help and to support them in getting the help they need.

“A strong function of BPL is to help people and assist them with methods to alleviate stress through exercise. These methods may include swimming, Yoga or HIIT classes.”

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.