Top Banana has today 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, Top Banana has committed to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Richard Bridge, Founder and CEO of Top Banana comments “We genuinely believe our staff are the key to everything we do and achieve. Whilst we’ve always had wellbeing initiatives in place, this is the first time we have branched out and joined a wider movement. Signing the Time for Change pledge is our commitment to change the way we think and act about mental health at every level within the business.”
The signing ceremony kick started Mental Health Awareness Week and took place at Top Banana head offices where Richard Bridge and the senior leadership team pledged their support to Time to Change. An emotive film really brought the message to life as it showed Top Banana employees talking about their own experiences with mental health. This was a real eye opener for the team to hear from their fellow colleagues, who perhaps they didn’t know had or are experiencing mental health problems.
Jemma Peers, Commercial Director, comments “I debated whether to take part in the film purely because I didn’t want people to think less of me as a leader for having a mental health problem. However, I want to stand up and show everybody in the business that no matter what you suffer with, it will not stop your development or progress as we as business will help support you to be the best that you can be.”
Top Banana 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 and Barclays.
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 like Top Banana taking the lead.