We adjusted our approach to mental health and wellbeing after becoming a founder member of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) in October 2013, and began aligning our own practices with the aims and philosophy of the CMHA. Since then we have made a great deal of progress on our mental wellbeing agenda, and our approach continues to be holistic, focusing on the link between good physical and mental health.
2016 was particularly busy. During Mental Health Awareness Week in May, we launched a disability and mental health network, ‘VisAbility’, which is designed to raise awareness and break down the stigma associated with disability and mental health issues in the workplace. The VisAbility network is an inclusive group, aimed not just at those people who are personally affected by disability and mental health issues, but also those who have friends, family or team members with a mental health issue, as well as people who are passionate about reducing stigma and sparking conversation around these topics. We already have over 100 members.
We asked our VisAbility members what they wanted from the network and the result is a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions. So far, we’ve run sessions on ‘self-stigmatisation’, talking therapies, and addiction. They have been very well attended, the talking therapies session in particular attracting over 80 participants.
We used Diversity Week in September 2016 to launch our ‘This is Me’ campaign, a story-telling initiative in which members of our