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Ince & Co sign employers pledge to change how we all think and act about mental health

27.09.2018

Ince & Co has 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, Ince & Co is committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.

The signing took place at a workplace mental health event where guest speakers Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn gave a moving account of how their famous journey started ten years ago when Jonny was contemplating taking his own life on Waterloo Bridge, and Neil (a passing stranger) talked him down. Since, then, they have become inspiring mental health awareness advocates and have founded ‘This Can Happen’ an innovative forum to help organisations convert awareness into action. 

Ince & Co’s senior management 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.

Christian Dwyer, Diversity & Inclusion Lead Partner said:

“The signing of the pledge marks our firm’s commitment to break through mental health stigma and change the way we think and act about mental health at Ince. It is a really positive step in our Diversity and Inclusion strategy which lays the foundations for us to fully support our people with mental health through our action plan.”

Andrew Jameson, Head of Office, London said:

“Signing the Time to Change pledge and hearing Jonny and Neil’s remarkably moving and inspirational story was a really powerful way to demonstrate our continued commitment to mental health and wellbeing at Ince. The event has provoked extremely strong reactions, raised awareness and will leave a lasting impression on our firm.”

Jo Loughran, 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 Ince & Co taking the lead."

This event is part of a series of initiatives being delivered by Ince’s Mental Health Working Group. The aim of the group is to foster a culture of openness to talk about mental health and share experiences, where people can seek mental health support without fear of discrimination, unfair treatment or stigma; and to achieve a mentally healthy workplace for everyone.

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