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Supporting World Mental Health Day

Posted: 09/10/2020

Penningtons Manches Cooper is proud to support World Mental Health Day 2020. Taking place tomorrow, 10 October, its aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health for all.

As a firm we believe a constant and focussed effort is required to effectively support colleagues’ mental health. All the myriad new pressures brought about by the pandemic highlight this need like never before. 

We have recognised the strain that these unique circumstances have placed on everyone. Our wellbeing and inclusion programmes, which bring together a wide variety of mental health and more general wellbeing initiatives, have responded swiftly and creatively to deliver a huge volume of support and activity to help people manage their mental health. This has included:

  • regular wellbeing ‘drop-in’ sessions on Zoom, hosted by our Mental Health Champions
  • virtual mindfulness sessions
  • resilience ‘lunch and learn’ sessions
  • the rollout of a line mangers toolkit focused on managing mental health within teams
  • a range of tips, guides and support to help colleagues juggle the blurring of lines between work and home life during lockdown

The regular Zoom drop-in sessions have proved particularly popular, with a number of team members providing enthusiastic feedback. Jenny Clarke, a colleague in our personal injury and clinical negligence practice, said:

“It really helps to be reminded that there is help and support available when needed, and to interact with colleagues who are going through the same emotions and situations.”

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and it’s clear that one day isn’t enough. Which is why, earlier in the year, the firm committed to the Time to Change pledge, joining over 1500 organisations across the country to help change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace and create a more open and understanding culture around mental health issues.

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