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The City of London turns green this week to help end the stigma of mental health – This is Me in the City

Over 150 City firms will come together to wear green ribbons this week in a new drive to end the stigma of talking about mental health in the workplace. Banks, insurers, asset managers, law firms, professional services firms and mental health charities make up some of the organisations coming together to demonstrate to their employees that it is important to talk about mental health.

Staff throughout the City of London and across the country will be wearing 70,000 green ribbons this week. Our campaign, inspired by PwC’s Green Light To Talk initiative, will reach over 300,000 employees and is being led by our initiative – ‘This is Me’ in the City, piloting as The Green Ribbon Campaign.

The campaign has had an impact beyond the City as some of the organisations have shared ribbons in their offices across the UK (including one Paris office too!) as well as in hospitals, schools, charities who are also wearing their ribbons with pride.

Buildings across London including the Bank of England, PwC’s Embankment headquarters, One Canada Square and the National Theatre will also be lit up in green throughout the week to show support for the initiative.

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), one of our beneficiaries of this year’s Appeal, will also be wearing green ribbons at a concert on Sunday 14th May.

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London said:

“I am proud to be wearing my green ribbon to support the This is Me – in the City campaign and am delighted that so many businesses have joined the initiative. Mental health difficulties can affect any of us at any time and half of absences in non- manual work can be put down to stress. Employers have a responsibility to support their staff and encourage open conversations in a push to end the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace.”

 For more information about the campaign, please click here.