Penningtons Manches Cooper is proud to support World Mental Health Day 2021. Taking place on Sunday 10 October, its aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and, through a united effort, improve mental health for everyone.
As a firm, we remain committed to supporting our colleagues’ mental health through our wellbeing and inclusion initiatives. These include mental health first aiders and mental health champions, a digital GP, an employee assistance line, and firmwide wellbeing sessions.
This year we signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment to help inform our approach and to make our existing targets more ambitious. In line with this, we have refreshed our mental health action plan to adhere to the standards set out in the commitment, focusing on the following:
As part of World Mental Health Day 2021, we were delighted to welcome Team GB Paralympian Jack Hunter-Spivey to share his story at one of our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ talks.
Jack was born with cerebral palsy and has overcome many demons to achieve his ambition as a pro table tennis player. He is currently ranked sixth in the world and recently won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games.
Jack talked about his experience of performing at his best and making his dreams come true as a Paralympian whilst suffering with extreme poor mental health issues. With the strong support of his team, family, friends, coach and psychologist he managed to overcome suicidal thoughts which had lead him to nearly committing suicide three times. Jack talked through some of his coping mechanisms, which included recognising his triggers for depressive episodes and setting small goals each day depending on how he was feeling. He demonstrated that you can be at the top of your career but still be suffering with mental health issues, and not to assume anyone is ok just because they appear to be succeeding in life.