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Wellbeing in the Workplace – formerly known as ‘Wellbeing in the City’ has rebranded! The name change came about as a result of the understanding that the importance of wellbeing persists in all workplaces, regardless of their location.

2019 has seen a huge increase in organisations’ uptake of the tool, with Hachette UK developing bespoke online learning on wellness and mental health in partnership with the Samaritans, based on the Wellbeing in the Workplace tool. Staff can use the resource to learn about emotional health and offer help to colleagues before they reach crisis point.

The project, Hachette Minds, has been introduced as part of the company’s Wellbeing Network led by Joanna Kramer, Sophie Stericker and Paul Bulos. First started in 2017, Hachette Minds was officially launched with “Let’s Talk”, an exhibition of photographs by Charlie Clift and Kate Forrester at Hachette UK. During launch week, there was a brilliant 20% engagement rate.

They said: “We recognise that everybody experiences challenges and everyone has mental health – it has been one of our key aims as a network to raise greater awareness, understanding and support for the mental and emotional wellbeing of all staff across Hachette UK. We have worked closely with the Samaritans, the Hachette UK board and all our network members and we are thrilled to launch Hachette Minds. It is our continued ambition of the network and the senior management at Hachette to build on this excellent resource, to prioritise the wellbeing of all our staff and to break through the stigma of sharing and discussing mental health openly and without prejudice.”

Sam Gale, corporate account manager at the Samaritans, added: “From working with the passionate Wellbeing Network over the past 18 months and attending various events at Hatchette, it has been fantastic to see that mental health and emotional wellbeing is an important priority for the business.

“The award-winning toolkit brings Samaritans listening and wellbeing skills into the workplace through a set of bitesize e-learning resources. We hope this enables staff to feel more confident approaching someone who might be struggling and more able to look after their own wellbeing.”