Last Monday, to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Kingston Council had a stall in the Marketplace to promote good mental health, making the point that over 35% of our waking hours are spent in our workplaces to underline the importance of good mental health practise in the workplace.
Over the next few months and beyond, we will be working with businesses across the Borough to encourage and support them in adopting positive working practises and creating a friendly and open environment where people feel able to talk about their concerns without fear of discrimination or negative consequences.
The Liberal Democrats in Kingston have made mental health a priority since we took control of the Council last year. We have appointed Mental Health Champions to each of our strategic committees, and have successfully applied to become the Time to Change Hub for London. The Council will be signing the Time to Change pledge on 11th June.
Time to Change Hubs are local partnerships which help to proactively campaign to change people’s attitudes towards mental health, and embed anti-stigma and discrimination practises in workplaces locally. Through this initiative Kingston Council also has access to a pool of online resources and has received £10,000 to recruit Local Mental health Champions who have personal experience of mental health problems to run their own anti-stigma activities.
Mark Beynon, Councillor for Alexandra Ward and mental health champion says, “The Liberal Democrats were proud to champion mental health in central government, and we are thrilled that Time to Change have chosen to work with us locally to help promote this very important issue.”