The City of London turns green this week to help end the stigma of mental health - The Lord Mayor’s Appeal

May 08, 2017

Over 150 City firms will come together to wear green ribbons this week in a new drive to end the stigma of talking about mental health in the workplace. Banks, insurers, asset managers, law firms, professional services firms and mental health charities make up some of the organisations coming together to demonstrate to their employees that it is important to talk about mental health.

Staff throughout the City of London and across the country will be wearing 70,000 green ribbons this week. The campaign, inspired by PwC’s Green Light To Talk initiative, will reach over 300,000 employees and is being led by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal This is Me - in the City campaign.

Buildings across London including the Bank of England, PwC’s Embankment headquarters, One Canada Square and the National Theatre will also be lit up in green throughout the week to show support for the initiative.

A new survey of workers in UK businesses by PwC shows that 40% of employees would still not feel comfortable raising a mental health issue with a colleague or manager.

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London said:

“I am proud to be wearing my green ribbon to support the This is Me – in the City campaign and am delighted that so many businesses have joined the initiative. Mental health difficulties can affect any of us at any time and half of absences in non- manual work can be put down to stress. Employers have a responsibility to support their staff and encourage open conversations in a push to end the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace.”

Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, said:

“Tackling the stigma is vital. It’s encouraging to see employers across the capital letting people know it’s okay to talk about their mental health. This openness can have a positive impact on personal wellbeing as well as being in the best interests of  society in general. We received an enthusiastic response to the green ribbon campaign we launched at PwC last year. It's positive that 135 organisations are now giving their people the green light to raise mental health issues, through the Lord Mayor's campaign.”

Jayne-Anne Ghadia, CEO of Virgin Money, said:

“Overcoming the stigma around mental health conditions is essential. It can be very difficult to admit to having a problem at work but the fact that one in four people will experience difficulties with their mental health in any given year shows why it is so important for businesses to respond positively and sensitively. We hope the green ribbon campaign will provide a significant nudge towards cultural change in the workplace to benefit everyone – society in general, business and the City.”

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Notes for editors.

  1. To find out more about the Green Ribbon initiative, or to speak to PwC, please contact Ellie Raven on ellie.raven@pwc.com or +44 (0) 207 804 3663

  2. The LSO, the beneficiary of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal, will be supporting the campaign with the whole orchestra wearing green ribbons at a concert on Sunday 14th May

  3. Organisations participating in the Green Ribbon and This is Me in the City campaign are: Aberdeen Asset Management, AIG Europe, Allen & Overy SSC, Allianz Global Investors, Alpha FMC, AOL, Aon, Ashurst, ASOS.com Ltd,  AT Engine Controls, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Baker McKenzie, Bank of America Merril Lynch, Bank of England, Bank of Ireland UK, Barclays, Barnardos, Bates Wells Braithwaite, BDO, Big Lottery Fund, Bird & Bird, BNY Mellon, Boston Consulting Group, Brampton College, Broadgate Estates, BRUIN Financial, BSB, Business Healthy, Byrne Dean Associates Ltd, Capgemini, CBRE Ltd, Central London Samaritans, Charles Russell Speechlys, Charles Stanley, Chartered Insurance Institute, City & Guilds, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, CMHA, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Convergys, Coutts & Co, Dentons UKMEA LLP, Deutsche Bank, E-ACT Multi Academy Trust, ELBA, Eton Bridge Partners Ltd, Eversholt Rail, Exchange Square Management Ltd  C/O Broadgate Estates, EY, Fidelity International, finnCap, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Forsters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, gigCMO Ltd, Giggleswick Primary School, Girlguiding UK, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, GSK, Hackney Council, Heads Together, Health Assured, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells Ltd, Holman Fenwick Willan, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, HSBC, Investec, iris worldwide, JCI Greenwich, K&L Gates, Kantar TNS, Kingsley Napley, Knight Frank LLP, KPMG LLP, Land Securities, Laurance Haines school, LawCare, Liberty Specialty Markets, Lloyd's, Lloyds Banking Group, M&G Investments, Mace, Macfarlanes LLP, Macquarie Group Limited, Mansion House, MAURICE TURNOR GARDNER LLP, Mayer Brown International LLP, Mental Health at Work, Mental Health Foundation, Metro Bank ,MHFA England CIC, Mind, MINDSHIFT CONSULTANCY, MQ Charity, Newham College of Further Education, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, Nomura International Plc, North West Boroughs Healthcare, Northern Trust, Oakleaf Partnership, Odgers Berndtson, Oslr, P&G, Partizan Outsourcing Solutions, Paul Hastings, Pinsent Masons LLP, Place 2 Be, Prudential UK & Europe, RBC, reed.co.uk, Reflections of The Lord Mayor, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK & Ireland, Sarasin & Partners LLP, Schroders, Shearman & Sterling, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Slaughter & May, Solicitors Regulation Authority, St Alban's Girls School, St Georges Tooting, Taylor Wessing, TfL, The Guild of Young Freemen, The Healthy Work Company, The Law Society, Thomsons Online Benefits, Thrive London, Ticketmaster UK Ltd, Trowers & Hamlins LLP, UBS, Unilever, Unison in National Grid, Unum, Virgin Money plc, Watson Farley & Williams LLP, White & Case, Your Homes Newcastle.

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