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Oakleaf Mental Health Leaders Network
March 7, 2022

Did you know that 1 in 6 people will experience mental health problems in the workplace?

Throw in the effects of a global pandemic and three lockdowns, one could argue that statistics are even higher.

That means that someone you work with already has, or will develop, a mental health issue.

Did you also know that mental health problems are responsible for 91 million working days lost each year?

What can we do about it?
Those figures are pretty sobering and left us wondering how can we better support our people and improve the mental welbeing of our team?

This is exactly why we didn’t think twice when we got the opportunity to be a founding member of Oakleaf’s Mental Health Leaders Network.

Who are Oakleaf?
Oakleaf are a wonderful charity, based in Guildford, that offer a range of services to their clients to empower them to gain the skills, training and confidence needed to manage their mental health and return to work. This includes work-related training, wellbeing activities and courses and access to counselling services.

What is the Menta Health Leaders Network?
The MHLN is a group of local businesses that have joined forces with Oakleaf to focus on improving the mental wellbeing of their employees, and committed to supporting Oakleaf. There are a range of benefits to joining the Network including workplace mental health knowledge sharing and guidance, networking, raising awareness of your business and, crucially, helping make a difference for local people managing mental ill-health.

We’ve enjoyed some inspiring guest speakers, informative Zoom presentations, come up with some brilliant shared ideas that we’ve already implemented in our business and we feel proud that we’re making a difference – and supporting Oakleaf at the same time.

Our Marketing Manager, Suzanne, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be founding members of the Mental Health Leaders Network. Mental health is something that affects us all and it’s our duty, as business leaders, to make our team’s wellbeing a priority. And, if we can share ideas and initiatives with other like-minded businesses, then why wouldn’t you?! Charities like Oakleaf have helped make so much progress around mental health, but it still carries a certain stigma and the only way to break that down is to talk about it and make it more mainstream. And that’s exactly what this network does.”

 

How can I get involved?
If you are interested in finding out more about or joining the Oakleaf Mental Health LeadersNetwork, simply get in touch with Jen Clay, Oakleaf Fundraising and Partnership Manager at jenclay@oakleaf-enterprise.org.

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