The Bristol joins mental health awareness campaign to combat work pressures

The south-west based hotel The Bristol has signed The Time to Change Employer Pledge which raises awareness of mental health in the workplace.

The Bristol is the first hospitality organisation in the South-West of England to sign up to the campaign.

“Working in the hotel industry is great fun, but it can also be tough as we are often working long hours, under a great deal of pressure, late into the evenings and at weekends when most people are with friends or family,” Mark Payne, general manager of The Bristol said.

“Therefore, it is very important to us as a company that we do all we can to support every employee’s physical and mental health, which is why I am proud to have signed the Time to Change pledge”.

The six Wellbeing Champions appointed by The Britsol will organise monthly team activities and also a two-day Mental Health First Aid course. There will also be activities such as a Time to Talk day in February, a mental health week in May, a Wellbeing Festival for all of June and a Belonging Day in August. which celebrates inclusivity and diversity.

Other initiatives include an Employee Assistance Programme (allowing staff to speak to an external provider confidentially if the need arises), and a Step Forward Day (an annual day’s paid leave to enable employees to give a day’s work to a charity or good cause of their choice).

The signing of the Time to Change pledge underlines work already carried out by The Bristol and its parent company, the Doyle Collection, which was awarded a ranking of 23 in the UK’s Best Workplaces 2019 (for companies employing between 251 and 1000 employees).

“Having worked in hospitality for over 20 years, I am fully aware of the difficulty in trying to maintain a good work/life balance, which is why I have always placed great emphasis on providing all-round support for Doyle Collection employees,” Pat King, CEO of the Doyle Collection said.

The economic effect of mental health issues to UK employers has been estimated to be between £33 billion and £42 billion, according to the Thriving at Work Report published in 2017.

In a survey of UK adults carried out by Time to Change in 2009, 56 per cent said they would not hire someone with depression even if they were the best candidate for the job.

“We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we work with employers to encourage staff at all levels to open up; to talk and to listen,” Jo Loughran, director of Time to Change, said.

“Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless, but with the right support, those of us with mental health problems can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life.”