Lord Mayor's appeal

Imagine everywhere you go during Mental Health Awareness Week you see thousands of people showing they want to help #endthestigma of mental health by wearing a green ribbon. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, is piloting The Green Ribbon Campaign to help #endthestigma of mental health.

We all know that the stigma of mental health is such a huge issue in organisations, and for individuals, and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal want to address this. They are asking organisations to invite their employees to wear a green ribbon during Mental Health Awareness Week (8-12 May 2017) as a visible sign of support and to help destigmatise mental health by:

  • creating a visible movement of support for ending the stigma
  • showing those struggling that there is support and they are not alone
  • demonstrating the level of support for this issue in organisations
  • encouraging people to share their story and to create an inclusive cultures workplace.

The green ribbon has the simple, but powerful, message of "Together we can #endthestigma".

There will only be 70,000 ribbons available this year and fantastically over 110 organisations, including Baker McKenzie, Deutsche Bank, Dentons, Herbert Smith Freehills and UBS, have already ordered! If you would like your employer to be part of this City-wide movement, please visit the Lord Mayor’s Appeal website to find out more and to order your ribbons.

The Green Ribbon Campaign is based on a successful campaign by PwC, which made an incredible impact to the culture in the organisation. On top of this, research undertaken by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s shows that 97% of organisations feel the green ribbon will show employees who have mental health problems that colleagues do care and want to support them.

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of the City of London urges organisations to get involved: "I am proud to be wearing my green ribbon in support of 'This is Me- in the City'. A half of absences in non-manual work can be put down to stress. Mental health difficulties can affect any of us at any time, employers and employees, in each and every sector. Let us therefore stand together, and show our support for ending mental health stigma in the work place."

This new initiative builds on the inspiring impact of the collaboration that is This is Me - in the City, whose mission is: Committed to changing attitudes towards mental health in the City: Organisations collaborating to build inclusive workplace cultures. Reducing stigma, dispelling myths and improving employee wellbeing for good.

To find out more about The Green Ribbon Campaign, please visit lordmayorsappeal.org /this-is-me/the-green-ribbon or contact The Lord Mayor’s Appeal at diversity@thelordmayorsappeal.org or on 020 73323777.