We've signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge
About 10 years ago, I had a breakdown of sorts. It’s difficult to put my finger on what I was thinking and feeling at the time because of the confusion and distress that engulfed me. To this day, remembering it makes my chest tighten and my stomach churn.
But out of an awful time came a positive. It sent me on a journey to better understand myself, to be more accepting and forgiving to myself and others. I’ve spent time in therapy exploring how I think and feel. I now understand what pushes my buttons and what makes me feel anxious. I’m older, too, and that naturally gives us a certain perspective. I meditate nearly every day as a way to separate what is happening in my life from who I am. Critically, I’ve learnt that they’re not the same thing.
There are many things for which we should be thankful in our society. The acceptance of diverse choices, the attempts to level playing fields, a higher degree of awareness as to what is and isn’t acceptable. Of course, we still have a long way to go, but I believe we’re making positive progress every day.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes happening at the moment is the step-change in awareness of mental health. It’s so relieving to at last be able to discuss struggles surrounding how we think and feel, and the coping behaviours that it drives.
That’s why I’m delighted to announce that ClearScore have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. It captures our commitment to supporting our employees through whatever they might face, and to battling the stigma around opening up at work. This is a recognition and a re-commitment to placing wellbeing – both physical and mental - at the heart of how we operate as a business to achieve our individual and collective potential.
Our Mental Health Ambassador programme trains team members to provide mental health support to their colleagues. The Ambassadors are also responsible for raising awareness around high-profile mental health events – last year we held a comedy night and bake sale in support of Mental Health Awareness Week.
We have a range of clubs and activities to support physical and mental wellbeing, from meditation to yoga, football and basketball. Our clubs go wider than this though, to encourage us to enjoy spending time with each other, whether that’s playing a board game or watching a film after a long day. We form friendships and take joy in the simple pleasures that provides.
All employees can access the Employee Assistance line for free, which actively supports people who are experiencing mental health issues. We fund this so that our staff can take advantage of counselling, medical guidance or practical advice, if and whenever they need it.
Taking action is powerful, and this is evident in the conversation that’s flowing around the company. Others and I have told our stories. We ran a session at our annual kick off day in January where we heard Mental Health Campaigner Jonny Benjamin’s story. Members of the team were brave enough to open up about their situations and continue this dialogue, which was incredibly inspirational.
It feels to me like things are changing. We’re thrilled to support Time to Change and to be the change that we want to see.
CEO and Co-Founder, ClearScore