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Surrey FA Commit To Mental Health Employer Pledge

Time To Change Employer Pledge signed, as staff commit to making Surrey FA a supportive environment for mental health.


Today saw Surrey FA commit to the Time To Change Employer Pledge, with all of the staff taking place in a workshop, before the pledge was formally signed.

Football Development Officer Tamsyn Woodman led the event, with staff encouraged to discuss ways about how the work environment could be adapted to help support the mental health of its employees.

The morning also saw Chief Executive Caroline McRoyall open up with staff about her own personal experience with mental health, reminding staff of the importance of talking about difficult times they go through.

Why are Surrey FA committing to this?

  • 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year 
  • Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
  • 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason 

By joining the Time To Change movement, Surrey FA becomes one of the 700+ organisations prioritising mental health, striving to bring change and support its employees.

How can my organisation get involved?

As Time To Change identify; “looking after the mental health of your is something that has tangible benefits to your business. Tackling stigma can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, presenteeism levels, staff wellbeing and productivity, and retention. Since signing the Employer Pledge, 95% of employers said it had a positive impact on their organisation.”

The pledge was signed during Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign to help raise the profile of mental health and tackle the existing stigma surrounding it. 

For more, head to the Time To Change website, and start your journey to a healthier work environment.