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  • 15/03/2017
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Network hoping to help beat mental health stigma with marathon efforts
HLPartnership says it hopes to help tackle the taboo of mental health with its fundraising ahead of the London Marathon.

The team from the network are raising money for the Heads Together campaign, the official charity of the London Marathon 2017. The campaign aims to tackle the stigma of mental illness, and is a partnership of a host of charities including Mind, YoungMinds and Best Beginnings. It offers tools to support the friends and family of those who are suffering from mental health issues.

Martin Sims, development director of the firm, said: “This is a great cause. There is often a stigma attached to mental illness and this campaign is looking to provide practical help and advice for both those attempting to balance their well being and, importantly, those in support such as friends and family. We hope that everyone will support anyone they know who is running for Heads Together.”

The industry has increasingly undertaken efforts to increase awareness of mental health issues in recent years. Last year a number of high profile industry figures called for the industry to overcome the ‘alpha male’ attitude which is often present, and instead adopt a culture of openness around mental health.

Almost 15% of people experience mental health issues in the workplace according to the Mental Health Foundation, with women in full-time employment twice as likely as men to have a common mental health problem.

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