Our People - 1) Minds Matter
We believe in making our Mental Health and Wellbeing support as accessible and open as possible. We developed a ‘Minds Matter’ portal housing all of our information and links to internal and external sources of support. This includes providing staff members globally with access to our employee assistance programme, which gives free confidential support and guidance to staff on a wide range of personal issues. Employees can also access free counselling sessions.
Our People - 2) Mental Health Champions
We have a network of Mental Health Champions across our UK business. We know that many people struggle to talk about their mental health issues, and we find that having a visible group of Champions discussing their own challenges encourages others to open up. It also demonstrates that Pinsent Masons provides a safe, non-judgmental workplace. People don’t need any previous knowledge to become a Champion as we provide all of the training needed. Our Champions help to organise local events around mental health and wellbeing, and wear a green lanyard or pin badge to make themselves visible to their colleagues and demonstrate their commitment to mental wellbeing.
Our People - 3) Training
We offer a wide range of wellbeing, resilience and mental health awareness training sessions for all staff; focused on reducing stigma, and increasing knowledge. This comes in a variety of formats, including face-to-face and eLearning modules. We also provide tailored sessions for certain groups of people, such as new managers, newly qualified solicitors and trainees.
Our People - 4) Disability and Wellbeing Network
Our Disability & Wellbeing Group aims to create a culture of inclusion, remove barriers for employees with disabilities and promote an environment that supports health and wellbeing for all. The network is involved in planning and delivering our annual Wellbeing Month and hosting events throughout the year to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Our People - 5) Agile Working
Agile working fits squarely with our values: it’s an approachable, bold and connected way of working that maximises productivity, allowing our people to work in a way which suits them while they continue to deliver great client service. Agile working does not suit every person, or every type of role. We recognise that our people sometimes need to spend time together to work most effectively while learning from each other. This is particularly important where people are new to role or more junior. For roles where agile working is possible, colleagues may break up their working day, enabling them to take time for caring, family or other responsibilities and interests, before completing their work outside traditional office hours.
Our Clients - 1) 'Mindful Business Charter'
Working in collaboration with our major banking clients and other city law firms, we have developed the Mindful Business Charter (MBC). A set of practical principles, aimed at promoting better mental health and wellbeing amongst lawyers and their clients, the MBC focuses upon working smarter and eliminating unnecessary sources of stress, in order to create a better workplace for all.
Our Clients - 2) This Is Me
We have been actively supporting the Lord Mayor’s green
ribbon campaign in London with a focus on getting people to
talk openly about mental health. Regionally, we worked
alongside some major clients and supported the launches of
‘This Is Me’ North West, Scotland and the Midlands. On World Mental Health Day we launched our ‘This Is Me’ blogs and video, with 8 of our colleagues sharing their own personal experiences of mental health issues. We will be marking Mental Health Awareness dates with similar initiatives going forward.
Our Communities - 1) Inspiring Young Lives
We work with our partner schools and charities to raise awareness of mental health issues for children through our award-winning Starfish School Partnership Programme and commitment to inspiring young lives. To mark International Men’s and Women’s Days, we host annual conferences for 14-16 year olds from our UK partner schools. As part of the conference we have include an ‘Aim High’ speed-networking careers session and include speakers focusing on mental health issues that affect young people such as resilience, self confidence and positive body image.