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Spotlight on staff wellbeing as University signs the Time to Change pledge

25 September 2017

On Friday 6 October, Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Hugh Brady, will sign the Time to Change pledge in front of staff and students as part of our commitment to changing the way we think, talk and act about mental health.,

At the event, Professor Brady will introduce the changes the University is making this year to support the wellbeing of those who study and work at University of Bristol to ensure that everyone here who may be facing mental health difficulties feels supported. 

In making this pledge, we join thousands of others in showing support for those facing mental health discrimination and marks our collective commitment to ask friends, loved ones, colleagues and peers how they are, be there when they need our support, challenge stigma and discrimination when we see it and share our own stories to help others understand mental health.

A number of staff and students have already come forward to share their experiences of mental health. Listen to Steve's story here and hear from other staff and students on YouTube.

Following the pledge signing, award-winning mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn will share their inspirational story which started in 2008 when Neil stopped Jonny from jumping off London's Waterloo Bridge. There will also be an exhibition of mental health and wellbeing services from across the University and our partners within the city.

The exhibition starts at 3.00 pm, with the pledge signing at 4.00pm. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite.  

Further information

One in four people are affected by mental health problems each year. Nine in ten of those experience stigma and discrimination. Time to Change is a national movement campaigning against mental health discrimination to improve public attitudes and behaviour, reduce the amount of discrimination people report and increase confidence to challenge discrimination. So far, 535 organisations have made the pledge.

Find out more about our Time to Change pledge event.

If you'd like to share your expereinces of mental health in order to support your colleagues, you can contact the Communications Team.