Mental illness affects more people every year than cancer or heart disease, but it can leave people feeling isolated and not knowing where to turn. Rethink improves lives of people severely affected by mental illness. Rethink supports tens of thousands of people severely affected by mental illness every year through their 200 services and 147 support groups across England.
Our corporate donation will enable Rethink’s Advice service to answer over 1,150 calls from people seeking practical advice and information for themselves or their loved one living with mental illness. The calls last on average 30-40 minutes, where our expert advisors explore the challenges people are facing and provide practical advice, information and signposting to further support.
Covid-19 has brought a lot of stress and anxiety for people. Every story is different but being on the phones has made me realise how much this service is needed
Charlotte, Rethink’s Advice and Information team
Liberty colleagues have taken on a host of challenges and events in support of the cause and, importantly, looked after their own wellbeing while doing so. This has included taking part in the Miles for Mental Health challenge, an all-company online quiz and raffle, and a springtime photography competition.
Through our partnership we are also working together to make sure Liberty Specialty Markets is a mentally healthy workplace where colleagues feel confident to have open conversations about mental health and know where to go should they need support. We are engaging colleagues in awareness campaigns, and rolling out training such as Mental Health First Aid training and training to help people have supportive conversations about mental health.
We are also marking key awareness dates including World Mental Health Day, sharing key resources and information to support everyone’s mental health.
It is imperative that through this difficult period, we continue to work closely with Rethink Mental Illness to raise vital funds, create greater awareness of mental illness and better widespread understanding of how to manage our mental health and where to seek support should we need it. Together we can make a tangible difference to our own lives, and the lives of people we support.
Please visit the Rethink Mental Illness website to find out more.