WDHB gets behind Pink Shirt Day

17 May 2016

Caption: WDHB Violence Intervention Programme coordinator Tracey Cossey models the pink shirt she’ll be wearing on Friday in support of Pink Shirt Day.
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is encouraging its staff to wear pink shirts to work on Friday 20 May to show their support for the annual Pink Shirt Day event aimed at putting a stop to bullying.
WDHB Violence Intervention Programme coordinator Tracey Cossey says this is the first year the DHB has actively supported Pink Shirt Day and judging by the response she’s had, it won’t be the last.
“Our staff have a heightened awareness about bullying thanks to the strong stand our management takes on this issue,” Ms Cossey says.
“Bullying is not tolerated in our workplace so if we can support the effort to stop it happening anywhere else in our community we will do so.
 “Bullying is a significant problem which impacts on people’s mental health and wellbeing. While everyone might find themselves being targeted at some point in their lives, there are groups of people who experience high rates of bullying.
“WDHB staff want the community to know that we support the Mental Health Foundation’s call to create workplaces, schools and communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background.”
Ms Cossey says she hopes to see many people out and about in the Whanganui community wearing pink shirts on Friday. A number of Violence Intervention Network groups including the Women’s Network, Jigsaw and Supporting Families have said their staff are getting behind the cause.