02 Feb 2018
Coinciding with the signing of the Time to Change pledge
Bus operator Stagecoach East Midlands gave residents from Grimsby the opportunity to learn more about mental health issues at a Time to Talk event in the city.
Comedian Juliette Burton, who has struggled herself with mental health, spoke at the event at Riverhead, which was arranged by Stagecoach East Midlands as part of their work to support well-being.
Staff from Volunteer Action North East Lincolnshire and NAViGO provided people with information and signposting towards support for those concerned and unsure about how to get help with mental health issues. A Stagecoach bus also acted as a quiet space where teas and coffees were served.
On the same day, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director Michelle Hargreaves also signed a Time to Change pledge at the Grimsby Depot. The pledge commits Stagecoach, as an employer, to ensure that its workforce has access to information and support. Councilor Jane Hyldon King, portfolio holder for Health, Wellbeing & Adult Social Care at North East Lincolnshire Council, was there for the signing.
Michelle Hargreaves said: “As a responsible and large employer in the area, we want to give our staff as much support as possible. It’s not always obvious where to get help for yourself or a loved one with mental health issues, so we wanted to extend our plans to include the public. It was a worthwhile event and we’ve had very positive feedback.”
Time to Change started a movement to bring mental health issues to the forefront of today’s society, by highlighting the importance of sharing and communicating issues and not being afraid to ask for support.
The involvement in the ‘Time to Change’ scheme is one part of Stagecoach East Midlands’ project to provide their workforce with the tools, information and access to support healthy lifestyle choices. The bus company spearheaded an initiative in 2016 to provide the best possible working environment for their staff’s welfare and well being.