Mental Health UK chosen as charity partner for This Can Happen

In 2018 we were selected to be charity partners for the first This Can Happen event. We are excited to continue with our role as partner for 2019.

Trigger warning: This article mentions suicidal thoughts


The event is focused on improving mental health and is the largest ever gathering of organisations in the UK focused on mental health. In 2018 it was attended by HRH Duke of Cambridge and leading UK businesses such as; GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Direct Line, Allen and Overy, and Bright Futures.

Our ambassadors Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn lead this event. In 2014, a social media campaign was run by Jonny with the help of one of our founding charities, Rethink Mental Illness. This helped him to find Neil, the stranger who had talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal. Jonny and Neil are now award-winning mental health campaigners visiting schools, hospitals, prisons and workplaces across the UK to talk about mental health and suicide prevention.

The purpose of the event was to give immediate and practical solutions to help attendees champion mental health in the workplace. This also forms part of Mental Health UK’s mission, achieved through our training, consultancy and partnerships.

We understand how employers play an important part in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Organisations help us to reach thousands of people with information and advice which can be spread far and wide through their employee and customer bases. Working with large businesses will help to transform the way mental health is looked at culturally.

During the event we ran drop-in sessions for conference attendees, giving them the opportunity to hear different ways their workplace could improve mental health support. We offered practical models from other companies we have worked with and tacked a variety of workplace issues such as:

  • How to introduce training such as Mental Health First Aid
  • Setting up a Mental Health Champions scheme
  • How to better communicate mental health support to employees
  • Mental health policies to be in place to support employees

After the success of the first event, we are proudly supporting it again in 2019. For more information about this fantastic event visit their website.

For more information about the consultancy we can offer your business, get in contact with us via [email protected].

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