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World Mental Health Day 2018

Last Updated: 10 Oct 2018
Topics: Our people
The Heads of the UK's Intelligence Agencies join together to demonstrate their support for their workforces on World Mental Health Day.

News article - 10 October 2018

On World Mental Health Day, the UK’s Intelligence Agencies (GCHQ, MI5 and MI6) are coming together to support Time to Change’s goal of breaking the silence and ending the stigma around mental health, with the Heads signing the Employer pledge. 

One in four people in Britain experience a mental health problem every day and many suffer in silence. Whether that’s people in our organisations or in wider society, we are committed to changing the way everyone thinks and acts about mental health.

With the nature of our work, the mental wellbeing of our colleagues is vital. We will continue to encourage open conversations about mental health, make improvements to our policies and procedures, and strive to foster an even more supportive and inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and feel supported every day.


The heads of MI6, MI5 and GCHQ signing the Time to Change mental health pledge
Alex Younger (MI6), Andrew Parker (MI5) and Jeremy Fleming (GCHQ). ©GCHQ 2018