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Mental Health Week 2017: Horwich Farrelly launches pledge drive on World Mental Health Day

October, 10, 2017

In recognition of World Mental Health Day and its theme of ‘workplace wellbeing’, Horwich Farrelly is today encouraging its 750 people to make a personal pledge to help improve their mental health.

HR Director, Liz Partington, has pledged to reduce her caffeine intake

HR Director, Liz Partington, has pledged to reduce her caffeine intake

Pledges could be something as simple as not skipping breakfast which, according to the NHS, aids concentration during the morning and can help with weight control, or taking a ten minute brisk walk at lunchtimes which the Mental Health Foundation says can increase our mental alertness, energy levels and promotes a positive mood.

Other examples include reducing caffeine intake, cycling to work a couple of times a week or creating a daily to do list.

Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Reynard, has pledged to hold two walking meetings a week

Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Reynard, has pledged to hold two walking meetings a week

Thomas Reynard, Chief Operating Officer, said “At Horwich Farrelly we try to encourage our people to have a good work-life balance. This includes things like offering flexible hours, a relaxed dress code, discouraging the use of email outside of work and offering subsidised gym membership.

“However, we appreciate that we all lead busy lives and that it’s all too easy to forget to take time out for yourself. And with one in four people in the UK estimated to experience a mental health issue each year, we feel everyone has a responsibility to invest in their own wellbeing as well as that of colleagues, friends and family.

“We hope that with today’s pledge drive we can inspire all our people to be more open about the many varied ways of taking care of mental health, and to encourage each other to stick to our pledges in the weeks and months ahead.”

The initiative is part of the firm’s first ever Mental Health Week which yesterday saw the announcement of 19 mental health ‘first aiders’ – individuals accredited to offer support, guidance and a friendly ear to colleagues who may be experiencing mental health issues. The firm’s employees will also be fundraising for its charity partner, Rethink Mental Illness.

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