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The Lord Mayor’s Appeal along with founding partners Barclays, were delighted to accept the Disability-smart Award 2016 for the city-wide initiative, This is Me – in the City.

Based on a highly successful campaign first developed by Barclays, This is Me – in the City, led by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and in partnership with Barclays, Business Healthy, City Mental Health Alliance, Mind and City A.M., encourages employees who have experienced mental health problems to share their stories with colleagues via a video message or other medium. This is Me – in the City aims to reduce stigma, dispel myths around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and let people talk without fear.

In 2016, the first year of This is Me – in the City, 22 organisations took part in the campaign, with over 100 employees sharing their stories reaching approximately 420,000 people across The City.

“This is Me has been the catalyst to affect long-lasting and meaningful change in the culture of the City of London Corporation around mental health and awareness” – Rebecca Abrahams, Wellbeing Project Officer, City of London Corporation.

Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the Disability-smart Awards are given to organisations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people as well as exhibiting leading practice within the ten criteria of the Disability Standard.

“We hope that our Disability-smart Awards encourage other businesses, regardless of their size, industry or sector, to emulate our winners in terms of becoming disability-friendly” – David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO, BDF

To find out more and to register your interest in the campaign, please visit our This is Me page here.