19 February 2019
Lambeth have joined several other local authorities, including Southwark and Camden, in signing the Time to Change employer pledge. The pledge commits the Council to developing an action plan in order to raise awareness about mental health amongst employees.
Green Group Leader Jonathan Bartley called on Lambeth to sign the pledge at the October 2018 Full Council meeting, acknowledging councillors’ “collective responsibility to challenge attitudes and tackle discrimination against those suffering from mental illness”. 
Councillor Bartley (St Leonards) said:
“We are so pleased to see Lambeth are following in the footsteps of other London councils in signing this pledge. 1 in 4 of us are affected by poor mental health every year and it is important that employers take some responsibility for this. Improved employee mental health can help improve staff wellbeing, productivity, and sickness absence rates.”
“The Greens look forward to working with the Council and their new mental health champions team to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health. We will be joining other councillors in the coming weeks at the Council’s Mental Health Awareness training in order to help us better support constituents whose lives may be complicated by mental illness.”
If you need support with your mental health you can find a full list of support services in Lambeth here.