Let’s talk about mental health

HSBC has launched an education programme for all its employees worldwide as part of its commitment to taking action on mental health.

The online course will help employees to spot the signs of poor mental health in their colleagues, feel more confident having open conversations and direct people towards the appropriate help. It will be available to all employees and managers will be encouraged to participate. This is designed to help make mental health a part of daily conversation at the bank.

Ian Stuart, CEO, HSBC UK, said: “We want HSBC to be a place where people feel they can be open about the issues they face and get the support they need to fulfil their potential. If a manager knows how to signpost support, their team members report more positive mental health.”

We want colleagues to feel they can be open

Mr Stuart is among a number of senior leaders across the bank who have volunteered to speak up as part of the bank’s backing for the ‘Speak Your Mind’ campaign.

The initiative aims to ensure that everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to for support with their mental health. It has been designed by United for Global Mental Health (UGMH), an organisation that promotes global action on the issue. UGMH and HSBC announced their intention to work together last month.

HSBC is also planning a series of events across the world to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October. These include staff sessions where employees who have faced challenges such as depression and anxiety share their experiences. These events aim to raise awareness and understanding, and encourage those who need help to seek it.

The help available to all employees facing mental health challenges includes access to free, independent and confidential advice and counselling from dedicated helplines.

Supporting sustainable development

HSBC’s focus on mental health has won recognition from the Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organisation set up by Bill and Melinda Gates to champion social change around the world.

In September 2019, it said the ‘Speak Your Mind’ campaign could drive progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of securing good health and well-being for all by 2030.

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