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As part of Time to Talk Day (Thursday 4 February 2016) Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson has been speaking alongside other leading charities and businesses with one aim - to get everyone talking more. 

As part of Time to Talk Day (Thursday 4 February 2016) Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson has been speaking alongside other leading charities and businesses with one aim - to get everyone talking more.

For the third year in a row, Anglian Water has launched its own Time to Talk campaign, which reminds colleagues they don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health.

Peter Simpson, CEO for Anglian Water, said:

“My aspiration for today was to place mental wellbeing at the forefront of business leaders’ minds, and recognise the vital role that employers can play.

“We’ve re-launched our Time to Talk campaign and since first teaming up with Mind in 2014 I’ve pledged to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

“So ask someone how they are, arrange to meet up for a coffee or chat or go for a walk and catch up in the fresh air. The conversation doesn’t have to be about mental health. Sometimes colleagues are afraid they’ll say the wrong thing, but our own employees who have fought and overcome mental ill health tell us that just talking about normal things can really help. There really is no reason to fear upsetting someone. Knowing someone cares and is prepared to listen makes a huge, positive difference. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to reach out with a simple text, phone call or email.

“We’re doing a great deal already, but I’m committed to doing more. Employee wellbeing isn’t just a tickbox for business or a one-off campaign. It has to be a corporate state of mind.”

Read the blog: Mental wellbeing on my mind.