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UK’s business leaders and senior politicians join the fight to end the stigma around mental health

Sadiq Khan, Mark Carney and Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor of the City of London are just some of the senior public figures who have pledged their support to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace.

They will join hundreds of firms and almost 200,000 employees across the country in standing together with The Lord Mayor’s Appeal by wearing green ribbons as a show of solidarity and in a bid to raise awareness of mental health.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal will turn the UK green during Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) to help end the stigma of mental health through its Green Ribbon Campaign, part of its ongoing This is Me initiative.

Arsenal FC, the Bank of England, Channel 4, Barclays, Home Office and Manchester Airport Group are also some of the many firms taking part in the Green Ribbon Campaign.

Almost 200,000 green ribbons distributed by Lord Mayor’s Appeal will be worn across the whole of the UK during Mental Health Awareness Week, with 250 organisations taking part from a wide range of businesses including retail, law firms and banks and sectors including charities, hospitals, schools, and the civil service.

Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, commented:

“It’s great to have such powerful public figures showing their support for the campaign, helping to amplify our message and encourage more employees to speak about their mental health.

“Every year the campaign is getting bigger and bigger and has already made a phenomenal difference with organisations saying it has been the most impactful diversity and inclusion campaign ever run.

“Let’s paint the UK green and end the stigma around mental health in the workplace.”

 

To help grow This is Me, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal partnered with Thrive LDN, the London-wide mental health movement launched in 2017 by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, commented:

“Around one in four Londoners will experience mental health problems during their lives. That’s why I wanted to let Londoners know how they can show their support this Mental Health Awareness Week.”

“We’ve launched Thrive LDN – a citywide initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our city. Thrive have partnered with the Lord Mayor’s ‘This is Me’ Green Ribbon campaign, and, together, we want to help dispel myths around poor mental health in the workplace.”

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, added:

“Colleagues at the Bank are among the tens of thousands at organisations across the country who are acting to improve awareness of, and support for, mental health issues. Lighting the Bank of England green and wearing green ribbons during Mental Health Awareness Week says to colleagues: it’s ok…we know the issue exists and we stand with you. Others may wonder why their building is glowing a funny shade of neon and get on google or ask someone. Good. Suddenly, mental health is on their radar and they’re having an open conversation about it.”

 

Mark Thomson – Director General for UK Visa’s, HM Passport and Home Office Disability Champion said:

“Raising awareness and maintaining our commitment to support good mental health for all, is something I am passionate about. Encouraging our employees to wear a green ribbon supports the culture of openness the Home Office is encouraging in the workplace when it comes to mental health.”

 

In 2017, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Green Ribbon campaign was created as a visible sign of support to raise awareness, end the stigma around mental health and create more inclusive workplaces, following a campaign instigated by PwC.