L&G signs up to mental health programme

Legal & General has committed to end the stigma of mental health problems by signing up to Time to Change.

Time to Change is a programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It is England's biggest anti-stigma programme and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

It was set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems and to promote better understanding to combat discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems.

Jim Islam, Managing Director of Legal & General Group Protection, and one of the signees, said: "With one in four of us likely to be affected by a mental health problem in any given year, we are working together with our customers to address this challenge.

"Legal & General is making substantial efforts to raise the awareness of mental health issues through our own research and Stress in the City campaign. Signing the pledge today demonstrates our continued commitment to tackling mental health."

Over the last year Legal & General has carried out research into the issue of stress and mental health in the workplace, using Department of Work and Pensions statistics, which revealed only 17% of employers have any form of stress management advice and support in place for their employees.

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: "Many leading companies have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only has benefits for their staff but also benefits their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention.

"With one in four people experiencing mental illness it's time for businesses to work on their approach and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces."

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