The global biscuits and confectionery company that owns McVitie’s signed an employer pledge to commit to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.

pladis has joined Time to Change, set up by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which aims to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems.

pladis joins a movement of companies, as well as many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities, in making this commitment to improve employee mental health.

Jon Eggleton, managing director UK & Ireland, signed the pledge at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Hayes yesterday.

He said: “As a business, we are committed to offering our employees a safe, inclusive and happy work environment.

“Mental health is a big part of our agenda and we are determined to do our part to ensure all our employees are well supported and have equal opportunities.

“Through our Health and Wellbeing programme, we promise to further tackle the discrimination associated with mental health by raising awareness and creating a platform for our employees to talk openly about this significant issue.

“Signing this pledge with Time to Change is a major step forwards in our journey to building a mentally healthy workforce.”

As part of its action plan for mental health, pladis has mental health and wellbeing ambassadors at all 13 of its sites across the UK and Ireland with the aim to raise awareness for all of its 4600 employees.

Sue Baker OBE, director of Time to Change, said: “With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness, it’s crucial that UK employers support staff at all levels to open up, to talk and to listen.”

The company will also provide mental health awareness training and workplace stress guidance for managers and senior leadership teams.

In addition, pladis offers access to a 24/7 confidential telephone support line and counselling for employees and their families.