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QBE Celebrates Mental Health Awareness week as a Finalist for Working Families Best Practise Award

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QBE Celebrates Mental Health Awareness week as a Finalist for Working Families Best Practise Award

QBE celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week from 13-19 May,  and is proud to announce that they’ve been named as a finalist for the ‘Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing’ award in the Working Families Best Practice Awards. The award recognises innovative, practical and effective ways of identifying and supporting employees with mental health issues and promoting healthy wellbeing within the organisation. Winners will be announced on 20 June at an awards ceremony in London.

QBE recognises the importance of supporting the mental health of their people and letting them know that it’s OK not to be OK. This year’s official theme was ‘Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies’. QBE’s new employee network Open Mind arranged a schedule of activities throughout the week to bring people’s attention to the subject matter and generally make some noise about mental health – a topic that tends to have been silenced in the past.

Throughout the week there were many activities taking place including Yoga, wearing a green ribbon, Samaritans Kiosk and a key note event with guest speaker Jonathan Stanger who joined them to talk about how he manages his diagnosis with depression on a daily basis, a topic that has historically been kept quiet in the corporate environment.

Jonathan owns Raise the Bar and works closely with many high-profile business people, sports coaches and inspirational speakers to develop performance programmes with an aim to increase business and individual success. He is a board member of the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which helps to prevent male suicide. Jonathan was also signed by Sir Alex Ferguson to play for Manchester United where he spent four years – during this time he played extensively for the England Youth Team under the guidance of Sir Bobby Robson.

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