Listen up! The City’s campaign for mental health is coming to a workplace near you

Apr 9, 2018 · cityam.com

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Listening is an underrated skill.

We think that we do it all the time, but there’s a difference between hearing and actively listening.

Listening can be incredibly powerful. It can provide a lifeline for someone who is struggling, prevent someone hitting crisis point, and can turn a life around.

Today, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, working with Samaritans, is launching Wellbeing in the City, an initiative that will put listening at the heart of our businesses.

Every year, around 600 people die by suicide across London, according to ONS figures. The 2017 Business in the Community report found that three out of every five employees have experienced mental health issues due to work, or where work was a contributing factor.

Across the City, we have a responsibility to support our people, to look out for them and to offer help when needed.

Wellbeing in the City is a ground-breaking emotional support programme for City workers, bringing Samaritans’ expertise into the workplace. Two new interactive online programmes have been created: Samaritans Active Listening Skills and Samaritans Wellbeing Toolkit.

Each programme takes less than an hour to complete and can be accessed in short sections of around 10 minutes. These resources require only a small commitment but could make a huge difference.

Trialled by PwC, the online programmes build resilience, encourage employees to take care of themselves, listen to others, and be there for others.

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