Bus passenger body backs Mental Health Pledge

Bus Users is backing the Time to Change Pledge which aims to end the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.

Claire Walters, chief executive, Bus Users, who participated in the summit on mental health & transport run by Anxiety UK and the Mental Health Action Group in February, has signed the pledge on behalf of the bus passengers body.

“Everyday activities like getting on a bus can be particularly challenging for someone experiencing problems with their mental health,” says Walters. “At the same time, buses can be their lifeline, connecting people with jobs, support networks and specialist services.

“One in four of us have a mental health problem so it’s essential that, as an industry, we learn to understand and recognise the needs of our staff, our clients and each other.”

As well as pledging to provide a safe environment for people to be open about their mental health needs, Bus Users has committed to ensure that its staff are supported within the workplace, that anyone who comes into contact with the organisation is treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of their physical or mental health, and that Bus Users will have at least two Time to Change Champions on hand within the organisation at all times to provide support and ensure wellbeing in the workplace.

Bus Users is also committed to ensuring that its staff and Board of Directors all take the personal Time to Change Pledge. Time to Change is run by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.