'This is Me' say Hogan Lovells People to Mark World Mental Health day

Hogan Lovells' Disability and Wellbeing (DAWN) Network marks World Mental Health day today by hosting a 'This is Me' panel discussion, with members of the firm sharing their stories of mental health.

In May this year Hogan Lovells hosted the launch of 'This is Me', a pioneering City wide mental health campaign initiated and led by the Lord Mayor's Appeal team, as part of the Lord Mayor's 2016 Power of Diversity programme.

 'This is Me' aims to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace and to raise awareness of wellbeing, by encouraging those who have experienced a mental health issue, either personally or through supporting family or friends, to share their story with colleagues. The campaign is being carried out in partnership with Mind, Barclays, Business Healthy and the City Mental Health Alliance.

Members of the firm have recorded videos and posted blogs about their personal experiences, and these will be shared and discussed in a panel event. There will also be a screening of Pixar's critically acclaimed film "Inside Out", which takes a thoughtful look at human emotions and mental wellbeing.

Susan Bright, Hogan Lovells' Regional Managing Partner for the UK and Africa, is on the Board of the City Mental Health Alliance and actively supports Hogan Lovells' DAWN Network and wellbeing within the firm. She commented:

"Being able to talk openly about our mental wellbeing is vital. According to the World Health Organization, one in four of us will, at some point in our lives, be affected by a mental health issue and by 2020 mental ill health will be the leading cause of disability and ill health, globally.

"I am truly grateful to the colleagues who came forward to share their stories. They are inspirational. The fantastic response we have had since launching 'This is Me' shows that we are making progress in tackling the stigma around mental health. I hope this campaign encourages many more of us to talk openly about mental wellbeing and to feel safe in seeking help and in helping others. We all need to look out for each other."

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