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The UK turns green to end stigma around mental health in the workplace
London’s skyline turned green this week as 28 landmark buildings joined forces to pledge their support to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace, as part of our This is Me initiative.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, This is Me raises awareness of the importance of supporting mental health in the workplace by asking organisations to show their commitment by going green and wearing green ribbons, creating a visible movement of support for ending the stigma around mental health.
This year iconic buildings across London turned green in support, including Houses of Parliament, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, No 10. Downing Street, Tate Britain and the Bank of England as well as The National Theatre, BT Tower and The Guildhall.
Over 150,000 employees from 285 organisations across the country also wore green ribbons as a show of solidarity, including well-known business leaders and politicians including the Prime Minister, Teresa May, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Peter Estlin.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin, said: “This is our fourth year running the This is Me campaign and we are delighted to have support from so many organisations from across the country to draw attention to mental health in the workplace. Despite mental health awareness improving, it is still considered taboo by a large number of employees and employers. We hope to change the status quo by encouraging employees to talk more openly about their mental health and share their stories with colleagues.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “People from all walks of life are affected by poor mental health and this Mental Health Awareness Week I want to let Londoners know that our city is a place where they can speak openly about their mental health and the support they need. Together, we can dispel the myths around poor mental health in the workplace and help end the stigma.”
This is Me is a pioneering mental health initiative that supports employers to change attitudes around mental health in their workplace – and build inclusive, mentally healthy cultures, improving employee wellbeing for good. To find out more and to get involved, please visit: https://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org/a-healthy-city/