Penningtons Manches Cooper is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK, with a focus on how to achieve good mental health.
As part of our programme of activities for the week, we wanted to host an event that specifically targets the stigma of talking about mental health in the workplace.
We arranged for Jodie Hill, founder of Thrive Law to speak about her personal experience of recovering after a breakdown and how this life-changing experience led her to set up her own law firm at the age of 29.
Jodie shared her story with an inspiring degree of openness and honesty, highlighting the significant challenges she has faced and the different techniques and approaches she has used – and continues to use – to overcome them.
She discussed some key principles and actionable advice that both businesses and individuals can adopt to protect mental wellbeing. In the workplace, the central importance of creating a culture of openness cannot be overstated: it helps reduce the stigma that can still exist and can be invaluable in encouraging those going through a tough time to seek help. Sharing personal stories in a supportive and open environment can significantly help this process, as she highlighted when explaining the rationale for her current campaign, which focuses on the power of storytelling. Jodie also spoke about the power of vulnerability, how mutual respect underpins a supportive, open environment and how daily self-care can be crucial in managing your mental wellbeing. An example of self-care might be to take time out in nature – the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
Mental health is something we’re very passionate about as a firm, so when the pandemic introduced new pressures, we responded to the need for additional mental health support.
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:
As a firm, we will continue to strive to provide a working environment that actively supports mental health and wellbeing for our people.